Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


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

September 13th, Wednesday, 8AM, Second Wednesday Bird Walk at Greenfield
Join Bob Epperson (540-871-3471) 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 1/2 miles. 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! As a new twist (and for those that are interested), lunch will be available at the new Ballast Point brewery at 11AM to the left of the lake. Meet at the second parking lot at Greenfield on the right across the road from the lake. Greenfield is located on Route 220 in Botetourt County. Directions: Take Exit 150B on I81 and then a right onto Route 11 for a quarter mile. Take a right onto Route 220N. Go 3.8 miles and take a left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center, across from the entrance to
Ashley Plantation. This trip will be repeated on October 11th.

September 15th-17th, 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. For more information, visit

September 23rd , All day Saturday (rain date Sunday 9/24), Hawk Watching at Harvey’s
Each year, from September to November, our club and the Lynchburg club report data on the hawk migration at Harvey’s Knob. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 95.6, all skill levels are welcome to bring a lawn chair, food and drink to learn about hawk migration and how to identify the various species. For this field trip, you can arrive and leave when you like, but volunteers can also sign up for time slots to help collect data. Even though you may not be ready to ID each hawk as it passes, extra eyes are ALWAYS needed. To volunteer or learn more call Bill and Katie James at
798-3030 and visit

September 30th, Saturday, 8AM, Montvale Park
Join Bob Epperson (871-3471) and Kent Davis (355-6388) for a morning of exploring Montvale
Park. Bedford County manages this 129 acre park, which contains extensive woodlands, natural fields, shrub and brush, and streams that provide habitats for a variety of birds, including migrating songbirds that are anticipated at this time of year. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes for walking about 1.5 miles of trails, portions of which may be wet depending on rainfall. We will meet at the park which is located at 1092 Marketplace Drive, Montvale, VA . No organized carpooling from Roanoke is planned. From the corner of Orange Ave and Williamson Rd, go east on route 460 for 16 miles. After passing the gas storage tanks, look for Quarterwood Rd, go another .4 miles and take a
right at the park entrance. Continue south on the park road for .2 miles and we meet near the picnic shelters at 8:00 a.m. This field trip will be a joint outing with the Lynchburg Bird Club.

October 7th, 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 at the Barker’s many feeders. This property includes a beaver pond, wetland area, open pastures as well as woodland trails. Last year we were treated to Rose-breasted Grosbeak and several butterfly species.

October 8th, Sunday, 7:30AM, The Big Sit! And Pot Luck Lunch
Join us the annual Big Sit! at Tim and Alyce Quinn's house (312-6844) in Burnt Chimney. This is a stationary bird watching adventure sponsored by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every team that observes the year’s “Golden Bird” has a chance to win $500. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country! The Big Sit! is sponsored by Swarovski Optik. It works like this: You sit inside a 17-foot diameter circle and count all the bird species you see or hear within a 24-hour period. There are two circles at the Quinn’s’ house and we have fun comparing the birds we see from each one. Since the count goes on all day, you can come
any time you want, but the earlier you come, the more birds you'll see. We'll have a potluck lunch around noon, so bring a dish to share. The address is 681 Edgewood Farm Lane, Wirtz, VA 24184. From Rt. 220, take a left on Rt. 697 by the Dairy Queen/Bojangles (about 5 miles south of Boones Mill). When it ends, go left on Rt. 122. Go one mile and turn right onto 670 (Burnt Chimney Road). If you're coming from Rt. 116, when it ends at Rt. 122, make a right and then a quick left onto Rt. 670. When you are on Rt. 670, go another mile and turn right onto 868 (Kingston). Go about .8 miles and make a right onto Edgewood Farm Lane (at a bunch of mailboxes). Go half a mile down this gravel road. When the road makes a 90 degree left turn onto Turkey Run, you instead want to go straight.
This is the beginning of their driveway, and there is a bluebird box here with the house number, 681, on it on the right of the driveway, and an old dilapidated trailer on the left. You can't see the house from here, but go a quarter mile down the driveway and you're there. If you get lost call Alyce’s cell (312-6844).

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

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