Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips

 

(For any additional information please contact Linda Cory at 540-580-5214 or
RVBC2015@outlook.com)

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 www.mtnlakelodge.com. 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 http://www.virginiabirds.org/
membership-and-donate.

MAY 8th, WED., 8AM – SECOND WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK AT
GREENFIELD
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.
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.

MAY 12th, SUNDAY, 7:30am - LITTLE SPRING DAY AT FINCA ALOHA
If you're not birded out from Big Spring Day, join Tim and Alyce Quinn (312-6844)
starting at 7:30 AM at their house in Burnt Chimney for a morning of looking for
spring migrants and resident birds. They have a variety of habitats including woodland
trails, a pond, scrub and open fields, and their property list includes over 130
species. Wear sturdy shoes as the footing is rather uneven. If you don't want to
hike, there's a big deck and lots of chairs where you can relax and do some stationary
birding. If you'd like to stay for lunch, bring a dish to share. Keep an eye out
for Eurasian Collared Doves as you pass the Burnt Chimney Elementary School on
your way.
Directions: The Quinns' address is 681 Edgewood Farm Lane, Wirtz, VA. 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. Whichever way you come, once you are
on Rt. 670, go one 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,
DON'T TURN. Instead you want to go straight. This is the beginning of their driveway,
and there is a bluebird box here with their house number on it on the right of
the driveway, and several old trailers on the left. You can't see the house from here,
but go a quarter mile down the driveway and you're there. For those that want to
carpool from Roanoke, call Linda Cory at 580-5214 by May 10th.

MAY 25th, SATURDAY, 8AM - PARKS AND PARKING LOTS
This is a progressive birding field trip lead by Linda Cory (580-5214). We will be
driving to several birding spots within a 7-mile radius with some walking at each
location. Our adventure starts at our meeting place which is the parking lot behind
Famous Toastery at Keagy Village. A printed itinerary will be handed out and carpooling
is suggested. We hope to return around noon to have lunch at the Famous
Toastery. Directions: The address for Keagy Village is 5010 Keagy Road which is
across the street from the Metis Plaza (formerly known as the Allstate building,
1819 Electric Rd.). If it helps, Famous Toastery is at the far west end of Keagy
Village and Dunkin’ Donuts is at the far east end.

JUNE 1st, SATURDAY, 8AM - ROCK CASTLE GORGE, BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Our host, Ranger Tom Davis, will meet us at the Rock Castle Gorge parking lot on
the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 169 across from the Rocky Knob Visitor Center.
We will explore hiking trails in the vicinity which are easy to moderate, so wear
sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Bring food and drinks for a picnic around noon
next to the visitor center. Our target bird is the Swainson’s Warbler, but we will also
be looking for neo-tropical migrants including Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings
and various warblers. For those that want to carpool from Roanoke, call Linda
Cory at 580-5214 by May 30th. Directions: The address for the Rocky Knob Visitor
Center is 1670 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd VA which is about 1.25 hours from
downtown Roanoke. We will be meeting across the street from the visitor center at
the Rock Castle Gorge Overlook. See https://npplan.com/wp-content/
uploads/2014/12/Rocky-Knob-Trails.jpg .

AUGUST 3rd, SATURDAY, 8:30AM - ANNUAL SUMMER OPEN HOUSE AT THE
AUSTIN’S ON BENT MOUNTAIN
Join Robin and Allen Austin (929- 5222) at 8:30 AM for a walk around their property.
Wear sturdy shoes for easy to moderate walking. At noon, we will have lunch
with the hummingbirds that come to their numerous feeders - an amazing sight.
Bring a dish to share and ride with a friend if you can as parking is limited.
Directions: From Cave Spring Corner (419/Electric Rd. and US 221/Bent Mountain
Road), go south on US 221 for 10 miles to Bent Mountain. Turn right at Bent Mountain
Bistro (Rt 612) and then left onto Tinsley Lane. In ¾ miles, turn right on Bottom
Creek Rd and the Austin’s are 1 mile on the left. The address is 10513 Bottom
Creek Road, Bent Mountain, VA.



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



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