Chincoteague! Day 2

On our second day of our Chincoteague trip, we took a bus tour of Assateague Island. The tour is offered by the Chincoteague National History Association. It lasts about two hours and travels to areas not open to the general public.

Many of our fellow travelers were “birders”, interested in the many native birds on the island. And almost everyone was anxious to see the wild ponies.

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Can you just imagine the “oohs” when we rode by this mom and her one-week old foal?

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As I was looking through my photos, I thought this next one might be of the same mom and baby. But after careful scrutiny, I discovered that it isn’t.  This is definitely my favorite picture from the tour.

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A couple of our fellow passengers were owners of “buyback” ponies, so they were ready with binoculars, trying to spot their ponies. Several of them were very familiar with the horses, knew their names and which mares were normally with which stallions, etc. It made the tour even more interesting.

In addition to the birds and ponies, our driver also pointed this out to us: a tiny screech owl in one of the squirrel boxes.

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As you can tell from the pictures, we had a beautiful day to tour the island.

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Tomorrow, I’ll “wrap up” our Chincoteague trip, but I promise: no ponies.  Well, no REAL ones, anyway.

~These Days Of Mine~

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21 responses to “Chincoteague! Day 2

  1. Dianna, I love the ponies but that baby owl sort of makes my day! Wonderful photos, as usual.

  2. Quite a magical place….I’m glad there are little spots on the planet like Chincoteague where animals are free to be “themselves” like they are there. Great photos as always!

    Pam

  3. Wow! All of the photos are fantastic, but that screech owl shot, I’ve never seen something like that…nice!
    What a great day trip!

  4. Beatrice P. Boyd

    The ponies are always a popular sight for visitors. One year we actually attended the annual pony swim, but it was a rainy day with limited visibility.

  5. What a wonderful weekend getaway…ponies, beautiful scenery, great weather and the surprise gift of the tiny owl. Thanks for sharing your fun.

  6. Awww…that mama and her baby were precious. But wait! That little screech owl? Adorable!

  7. That little stand up happy tail on the foal is darling and so is the little screech owl! Doesn’t it look like the mare in photo #2 has a little heart or tornado on her forehead? Wonderful clicks Dianna!

  8. Adorable photo of mama and baby in mid-stride. I think I see a little splash coming from his hoof. ooo…that owlet is tiny.

  9. That baby screech owl is just the most precious! God gives us smiles in His creation all the time. How many times do we miss them?

  10. Oh what a fabulous tour. I love the photos of mama and baby! And the tiny screech owl My oh My!

  11. Your photos are especially beautiful today. Thanks for sharing. Love the little owl.

  12. Great trip! I never get tired of ponies and that little screech owl was so cute!

  13. Love the photos of the foals. So sweet! Thanks for sharing your amazing trip! ~ Sheila

  14. Another great collection here, but the shot of the owl gets me – almost like he was posing for you !

  15. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Loved, loved every picture!!!! I love those two islands . They are truly a gift from God. Thanks so much for sharing, it made my day!

  16. The tiny screech owl is a treasure! Beautiful post.

  17. Awesome photos and trip. The foals are so cute. I look forward to part 3. 🙂
    Our Screech hasn’t been around in awhile.

  18. Oh that little foal running with it’s mother is so adorable.

  19. Oh wow! I a jealous! I would love to go there. Maybe next year JR can talk all THREE of us!!!

  20. What cute shots with the little ones! I didn’t know about the bus tour–will have to tell hubby–we need to go back.

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