Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


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

Bland County Birding, Saturday, May 20th, 7AM
Butch and Betty Kelly are leading us to an exciting new location in Bland County. The terrain will include open forest, pastoral settings and a known breeding habitat for Shrikes and Golden-winged Warblers. This is a full day event, so bring a packed lunch, water to drink and other necessities. We will plan to picnic at the Falls of the Dismal on county route 671. We will meet at 7AM and carpool from the Orange Market at Hanging Rock (1823 Thompson Memorial Dr, Roanoke, VA).

Mount Rogers to White Top, Saturday, May 27th
Join Dr. Carol Croy, Forest Wildlife Biologist with the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests for a full day of birding in the Mount Rogers and White Top Mountain area. Mount Rogers is known for being the highest peak in the state of Virginia at 5,728 feet. Although we won’t be hiking to the top, we will be visiting White Top Mountain which is known as the highest roadway in the state, over 5,000 feet. This area includes forests, open meadows and riparian habitat. We hope to see several species of warblers including: Canada, prairie, hooded, yellow-throated, black-andwhite and Kentucky. Other species to look for are vesper sparrows, alder flycatchers and juncos that nest there in the summer. Meet at 7AM at the Salem Walmart recycle bins in the front/left parking
lot at 1851 West Main Street. We will carpool from there. Walking will be 1-2 miles, but the
ground may be rocky, so wear sturdy shoes. Dress in layers and bring rain gear, just in case. We will stop at the ranger’s station to see the displays and also have access to indoor plumbing. Bring a packed lunch and something to drink. We should return around 5PM.

Annual Summer Open House at the Austin’s on Bent Mountain, Saturday, August 5th
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, an amazing sight. Bring a dish to share. 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.

Piney Grove Preserve for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers - May 27
The VSO and Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) are jointly offering a field trip to The Nature Conservancy’s Piney Grove Preserve, site of nesting Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. Bryan Watts from the CCB will be our leader. We are given access to this protected site through CCB’s support and the cooperation of The Nature Conservancy. In recent years we have had good views of Redcockaded Woodpeckers, nestlings and nest sites. Meeting time is 5:15 AM at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield. Space is limited, so register early by contacting Lee Adams atleeloudenslageradams@ or 540-850-0777. There is no planned caravan from Roanoke, but you can ask Lee if others are traveling from our area.

A Weekend of Birding in the New River Valley and Surrounds – June 9-11th
The New River Valley Bird Club will host the VSO summer field trip June 9-11, 2017, featuring some of the best birding areas in the New River Valley and southern Appalachians. Trip leaders Bill Akers and Jerry Via have organized some terrific activities for us! This is a free event although the hotel fees and meals are on your own. Target birds (some nesting) will be Rose-breasted Grosbeak, several species of warblers, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-headed vireo, and Brown Creeper. Trip headquarters will be the Holiday Inn Express at 1020 Plantation Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Hotel
registration deadline is May 8th (540-552-5636) to get the VSO room rate of $95/night. To register for this VSO event and for more details, visit

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

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