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.Note that if inclement weather necessitates a cancellation, an e-mail notification will be sent out.
You can also call or text the leader or Mary Harshfield at 540-309-8277.

Wednesday Walk at Greenfield (Wednesday, Janary 12th, 8AM)
Join leader David Frye (248-459-6783) for a bird walk on the Cherry Blossom Trail at
Greenfield. We will walk around Greenfield Lake and possibly to the pond beyond. The walk will
be mostly flat walking for about 1 mile each way. Bring your spotting scope if you have one.
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 right.

Catawba Greenway (Saturday, January 22nd, 8AM)
Kirk Gardner (828-216-9710) will lead a walk on the Catawba Greenway. The trip will involve
about a mile of walking on a mostly gravel road as well as small portions of some grassy fields. An
option after the walk at Catawba (if time and weather permit) will be to visit nearby Whispering Pines where we have seen some interesting birds in past years. Waterproof shoes are recommended.
Directions: Take Rte. 311 towards Catawba 6.7 miles. Turn right onto Rte. 779 (Catawba Creek Road) and drive a half mile to the Catawba Sustainability Center. The group will meet in the parking lot.

Field Trip Reports
December 8th, 2nd Wednesday Walk at Greenfield. Leader David Frye and 9 other birders had a
great morning of birding despite the threat of rain. We observed 44 species. Highlights included a
Laughing Gull (Bonaparte’s Gull was considered but the Laughing Gull’s thicker bill and black
tail band was seen in flight), Hooded Merganser, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, American
Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Winter Wren, Brown Thrasher, Swamp
Sparrow, and Hermit Thrush.

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

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