Knotts Island Archive

Blog: Snow Geese Are Back on Knotts Island Causeway

Thousands of snow geese are back on the Knotts Island Causeway, reports Jane Brumley who lives on the island just south of Virginia Beach. She sent this photo of geese rooting around in the burned over marsh to feed on marsh grass roots and shoots.

Blog: Knotts Island Chicken

You might say the signature waterfowl in southern Virginia Beach and on Knotts Island are the coots. The slate gray bird with black head and neck and small white beak often swims with other coots. As they swim, they all  move their heads in a silly herky-jerky fashion and occasionally dive and come up with a mouthful of aquatic plants for dinner.

Blog: Crikey! Kiwis!

Crikey! Kiwis, grown right here on Watkins Kiwi Orchard in Knotts Island, are ripe and ready to eat. The fuzzy brown fruits were harvested at the beginning of December after the first frost when their leaves began to crinkle and turn brown.

Blog: Hummingbirds are En Route

It looks like the hummingbirds could beat you to the punch this year if you don’t get your feeders out!

Jane Brumley on Knotts Island, my hummingbird bellwether, saw her first hummingbird on Saturday.

Then I went to the hummingbird website that tracks the birds’ migration up the East Coast and saw that the little birds already had reached almost every state.

Blog: It's a Snow Geese Weekend!

            If you have been waiting all winter for the snow geese to arrive, wait no longer.

This is the weekend to head for the Knotts Island Causeway.

Blog: Dine on Local Kiwis

Long after you would expect to find  fresh local fruit in Hampton Roads,  a  treat  will be waiting for you at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market Saturday.


Born and raised in Knotts Island, N.C., these kiwis are the only commercial kiwi crop for miles around.

Blog: A Coot is a Hoot

If it swims like a duck, but has an ivory beak like a chicken, it’s apt to be an American coot.

These plump charcoal gray birds aren’t the only weird duck in town, but you are apt to see more of them than any other of their relatives here.

Coots are in the rail family, along with moorhens and gallinules, and unlike ducks, they have slender beaks and un-webbed feet.

Blog: Wood Stork on Knotts Island!

I met my first wood stork years ago when I pitched in to lead a birding trip at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge on Knotts Island for an ailing colleague.

I was feeling very unsure of myself and didn’t know whether or not I could live up to the roll of a field trip leader.

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