Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


You no longer have to RSVP for the field trips unless specified. If there is an
unexpectedly large turnout, we can split into smaller groups. If you have any questions
about field trips, call or text Mary Harshfield at 540-309-8277.If you would like to lead
a trip, please let Mary know. Note that if inclement weather necessitates a cancellation,
an e-mail notification will be sent out. You can also call or text Mary.

2nd Wednesday Walk at Greenfield (Wednesday, September 8th at 8 am)
Join leader Bill Hunley (540-467-3477) for a bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at
Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield Lake in search for migrants and incoming waterfowl.
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.
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 right.

Hawk Watching on Harvey’s Knob (Sunday,September 19th, from 9 to 4pm)
From September through November, our club and the Lynchburg club report data on the hawk migration at Harvey’s Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located at milepost 95.6, all are welcome to join our resident hawk watchers to see how it is done. Bring a lawn chair, binoculars, and a spirit of adventure for learning about the annual hawk migration. Although you are welcome to show up any day, Sept. 19th will be special day for meeting up with old and new friends from the two bird clubs. For this field trip, you can arrive and leave when you like and even though you may not be ready to ID each hawk as it passes, extra eyes are ALWAYS needed. As an added incentive, club member Barry Kinzie has offered to serve “breakfast sausage gravy” starting in the morning until supplies last.
Additional info: The best time to observe the broad-winged hawk migration from that overlook is from around Sept.15th-Sept.26th although there are many other raptors that you may spot at other times.

Sewage Treatment Plant (Sunday, October 3rd, at 8am)
Join leader Kent Davis (540-355-6388) for a walk around the Sewage Treatment Plant.
Entrance to the STP is by special permit and trip participants must all enter at the same time and stay together with their leader. This site is one of the best spots for viewing shorebirds in the Roanoke Valley. The property includes impoundments, sludge ponds, mudflats, riparian habitat and woodlands. Besides shorebirds, we can expect to see resident hawks and possibly ravens and fish crows. The walking is mostly flat with a short steep trail. Sturdy waterproof boots are recommended as it often muddy.
Directions: Meet at the Greenway parking lot off of Bennington St near the bridge over the Roanoke River; the entrance to the parking area is between the bridge and Brownlee Avenue. Note that Thirteenth Street SE changes names to Bennington St at the bridge over the Roanoke River. After the group has gathered, we will caravan or walk the short distance to the STP, so please arrive a few minutes early.

VSO Trip (September 10-12, 2021)
The Virginia Society of Ornithology is sponsoring a field trip to Chincoteague, VA. For more information, see

(For any additional information please contact Mary Harshfield at 540-309-8277 or

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