Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


(For any additional information please contact Linda Cory at 540-580-5214 or

Our leader, Bill Hunley (467-3477) will lead us on a special field trip to Locher Tract,
located in the Jefferson National Forest. This is a managed wildlife habitat that
contains woods, open fields, a beaver pond and good views of the James River.
We can expect an excellent variety of birds with our target birds including early migrant
warblers, Wood Duck, Brown Creeper, Fox Sparrow and Hairy Woodpecker.
Last year, Rusty Blackbirds were seen. There will be 2 miles of level walking,
but wear sturdy, waterproof shoes. Locher Tract is near Natural Bridge Station in
Rockbridge County. If time permits, we may visit the surrounding Arcadia area and
nearby Solitude Swamp. Directions: On I-81, take exit 150B and follow signs to 220N. Go 3/4 miles and take a left on Kingston Rd into the Botetourt Commons shopping center. We will meet in the Bojangles parking area.

Join co-leaders Barry Whitt (309-4353) and Annie Downing (520-6027) for a bird
walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield
Lake in search for waterfowl and songbirds. The walk will be mostly flat walking for
about 2 miles. We will also cover the grassy area overlooking the lake or the trail
down to the lower pond. Bring your spotting scopes! For those that want to stay
afterwards, we can lunch at Ballast Point Brewery overlooking the lake. This trip
will be repeated on May 8th.
Directions: Take Exit 150B on I-81 and follow signs to Route 220N. Go about 4
miles and take a left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center,
across from the entrance to Ashley Plantation. Park in the second lot on the

Meet Kent Davis (355-6388) and Linda Cory (580-5214) at the Orange Market in
Hanging Rock. From there we will be driving to Whispering Pines Park in Roanoke
County. This park has been known to produce the trifecta of nuthatches: whitethroated,
red-breasted and brown-headed. We will also visit some nearby ponds
including Plunkett Lake, so bring your scopes.
Directions: The Orange Market is located at the intersection of Rt 311 and Rt 419
(1823 Thompson Memorial Drive) Salem, VA.

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019
Late April through mid-May in the mountains of Virginia is about as good as it gets
for spring birding. Migrating birds are heading north from the tropics to northern
breeding grounds. Birds that spend the entire year here are setting up territories
and pairing up to breed which makes them more active, vocal, and easier to observe
in their bright spring plumages.
This will be the 49th Big Spring Day Bird Count co-hosted by the Lynchburg and
Roanoke Valley Bird Clubs. We will be out that day, rain or shine, to count birds in
a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Big Spring in the Peaks of Otter picnic
area. Parties will begin birding shortly after dawn (or even before if you are very
energetic) and meet at noon at the Peaks of Otter picnic area for the tally-up. If the
Picnic Area is still closed, we will have lunch and tally-up at the amphitheater.
Bring your picnic lunch and something to drink. We usually find around 120 species.
Big Spring Day is always a fun count, occurring at the peak of migration and during
the loveliest part of Spring. Small groups are assigned to each of the territories.
While a couple areas require hiking, most of the areas require very little or no walking
(driving the territory and stopping when you see activity or walking short distances
from your car to observe and listen). We will include at least one experienced
birder with every team. This is a great opportunity for beginning birders –
your eyes and ears can help locating birds while other can assist in the identification.
If you’d like to participate, contact Barry Whitt at 540-309-4353 or email at ttihwb@ . Come on out and learn about bird counts and enjoy the beautiful
Spring birds.
Jim Elder will distribute the final report by email to all participants. New participants,
please give your email address to your team leader to submit with the team
tallies. Let Jim know if you need a paper copy and he will send a report directly to
you. If you participated on Big Spring Day last year, your team leader will contact
you in April to establish a meeting time and place.
Barry Whitt (Roanoke coordinator) Jim Elder (compiler and Lynchburg coordinator)

Save that Date:
VSO Annual Meeting May 3-5, 2019
You won’t want to miss this VSO Annual Meeting from May 3-5, 2019. It will be at
Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia. This hotel was named 2018 Hotel of
the Year by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association. For more information about the hotel see Not only will you enjoy your
stay and the meals at the hotel, but the birding will be fantastic. There will be plenty
of interesting field trips to choose from so that you can look for some of those high
-elevation species you don’t see in other parts of Virginia. Would you like to see a
Ruffed Grouse, Black-billed Cuckoo, Least Flycatcher, Golden-winged Warbler,
Mourning Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, or Rose-breasted Grosbeak?
Then plan to join us for the 2019 VSO Annual Meeting. Detailed information
about making hotel reservations and registering will be in upcoming newsletters.
Although, you may be a member of the Roanoke Valley Bird Club, you can also
join the Virginia Society of Ornithology by going to

Meet Tim and Alyce Quinn (312-6844) at Botetourt Commons for one of our favorite
trips to see warblers. We will bird a series of forest service roads between the Blue
Ridge Parkway and Arcadia in search of warblers and other Neotropical migrants.
This trip usually lasts into the afternoon so bring drinks, snacks and a lunch. Dress
in layers and be prepared to carpool as pull-offs are limited.
Directions: On I-81, take exit 150B and follow signs to 220N. Go 3/4 miles and take
a left on Kingston Rd into the Botetourt Commons shopping center. We will meet
in the Bojangles parking area.

Field Trips Field Trips Chair, Linda Cory (540) 580- 5214

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