Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


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

September 1st, Saturday, 7PM
Nighthawk Watch on Bent Mountain
(Rain date Sunday, September 2nd)
Our club president, Kent Davis (355-6388) is leading our first walk of the birdwatching
season to look for migrating Common Nighthawks. We will meet at the Bent
Mountain Community Center starting our walk by visiting the boardwalk and
paths. Walking is level, but wear waterproof shows just in case. The group will
then carpool to a nearby area to observe the Nighthawks at dusk.
Directions: From the intersection of Brambleton Ave and Electric Rd, take Brambleton
Ave (Rt 221) heading South (away from Roanoke) for 11 miles. Brambleton
Ave will change names to Bent Mountain Rd. Take a right at Mill Creek Rd and
then a right onto Tinsley Lane. The Community Center is at 10148 Tinsley Lane,
Bent Mountain VA 24059.

September 12th, Wednesday, 8AM
Second Wednesday Bird Walk at Greenfield
Join Barry Whitt (309-4353) 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 1 mile. Other walking at the
property may include the grassy area overlooking the lake or the trail down to the
lower pond. Bring your spotting scopes! Some folks may want to visit Ballast Point
brewery at 11AM for lunch after the walk. They have a veranda that overlooks the
Directions: Take Exit 150B on I81 and follow signs to Route 220N. Go aoub 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. This trip will be repeated on October 10th.

September 14th-16th
VSO Trip to Chincoteague
As a chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology,
many of our members enjoy this annual trip
which has gone on since the 1970’s. It is a free
event with the exception of your hotel and travel
expenses. Sign up ASAP for hotel registration to
get the VSO rate. In addition to the walks being
offered, early registration is required for an optional
boat trip as well as the bus trip to the wash
flats. To sign up and get more details, visit For
more information, visit

September 22nd, Saturday, ALL DAY
Hawkwatching on Harvey’s Knob
(Rain date Sunday, September 22nd)
From September to 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 hawkwatchers to see how it is
done. Bring a lawn chair, food and drink, binoculars, and a spirit of adventure for
learning about the annual hawk migration. 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. You can also sign up for time slots to
help collect data. To volunteer or learn more call Bill and Katie James at 798-3030
and visit

October 13th, Saturday, 7:30AM
Birding at Beaver Pond
Meet Eunice Hudgins (389-4056) and Linda Cory (580-5214) at the Orange Market
at Hanging Rock at 7:30AM to carpool to George and Betsy Barker’s “Beaver
Pond” in Craig County. Wear sturdy shoes, warm clothes and bring a packed
lunch/drink. You can choose to walk around the farm and woods area or do some
porch birding overlooking the Barker’s many feeders. This property includes a beaver
pond, wetland area, open pastures as well as woodland trails. In the past, we
have been treated to Rose-breasted Grosbeak a resident albino Red-Tailed Hawk,
Snipe and several butterfly species.
Directions: The Hanging Rock Orange Market is at 1823 Thompson Memorial
Drive, Roanoke (just off of the I-81 at either Exits 140 or 141).

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

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