Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips

 

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

FEBRUARY 13th, WEDNESDAY, 8:30am – SECOND WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK AT
GREENFIELD
Join co-leaders Barry Whitt (309-4353) and Kent Davis (355-6388) 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 walk of 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. This trip will be repeated
on March 13th. Directions: Exit at 150B on I-81 and follow signs to 220 North.
Go about one mile and take a left on Commons PKY (formerly Wesley Rd) and then
a right on Kingston Rd into the Botetourt Commons shopping center and park at
Bojangles.

FEBRUARY 17th, SUNDAY, 2pm – SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
Meet co-leaders Kent Davis (355-6388) and Linda Cory (580-5214) at the Greenway
parking lot on Bennington St next to the bridge over the Roanoke River. After a
short scan of the Roanoke River, we will walk over to the Sewage Treatment Plant
(STP). Entrance to the STP is by special permit and only on Sundays, and trip participants
must all enter at the same time and stay together as a group. 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: From downtown
Roanoke at the intersection of Williamson Road and Elm St, go east on Elm (it
changes names 3 times) about a mile and take a right on 13th St SE. As soon as
you go over the bridge over the Roanoke River, the STP will be on your left. At that
point, the street name changes to Bennington and the Greenway parking lot will be
on your left. The street has a divider, so you will have to go a little further and do a
U-turn to enter the lot. (If you are coming from Riverland Road, take the roundabout
and exit onto Bennington. The parking lot will be on the right in about a
mile.)

FEBRUARY 23RD, SATURDAY, 7:30am - HIGHLAND AND BATH COUNTIES
Meet co-leaders Kent Davis (355-6388) and Linda Cory (580-5214) at the parking lot
next to Bojangles at Botetourt Commons on Route 220 in Daleville for this exciting
day of birding in Highland and Bath Counties. The target bird is the golden eagle
which has been seen on this trip in the past. We should also see bald eagles and a
good variety of waterfowl. This is a full day event, so please bring lunch, snacks
and drinks. Wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes. And bring your
scope! Carpooling is required due to the limited space at some pull-off areas.
NOTE: Please watch your email in case this trip gets cancelled or postponed due
to weather. There’s Roanoke weather and then there’s Highland County weather.
Directions: on I-81, take exit 150B and follow signs to 220N. Go 3/4 miles and take
a left on Kingston Rd into the Botetourt Commons shopping center. Bojangles is
next to the Wendy’s in the parking lot.

Save that Date:
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

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



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