However the pristine beach, brimming with shells of many species along with good looks at gulls, peeps, etc. is the real reason to go. Not to mention the chances for interesting sightings along the dune system.
Birding at Assateague Island gives visitors the chance to experience the islands' wealth of over 300 species of migratory and resident birds. CNWR is one of America's finest places for bird watching along the East Coast. In the fall and winter, waterfowl arrive in massive numbers. Assateague Island is a vital link in the life cycle of migrating waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway.
Birding Boat Trip
Board an MSC research vessel for a unique look at birds of the marsh, bay, and channel. Peeps, dabbling ducks, and waders are numerous along the creeks and guts leading to Chincoteague Channel and the channel is a great place to see birds of deeper waters such as scoters, gannetts, and loons. The RV Flatfish and RV Mollusk are both flat decked boats with plenty of room to set-up spotting scopes and our captains know the waters and where to find the birds.