Roanoke Valley Bird Club

RVBC Field Trips


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

Join co-leaders: Barry Whitt (309-4353) and Kent Davis (355-6388) for a walk on the
Cherry Blossom Trail at Greenfield. Bring your spotting scopes! 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. For those that want to stay afterwards,
we can lunch at Ballast Point Brewery overlooking the lake. This trip will be repeated
on May 9th, but at 8AM.
Directions: Exit at 150B on I-81 and follow signs to 220 North. Go about four miles
and take a left at the entrance to the Greenfield Education and Training Center
(across from the entrance to Ashley Plantation).

Field trip leaders are Bob Epperson (871-34710) and Linda Cory (580-5214). This
trip will be an opportunity to brush up on our warblers and other migratory
birds. The Claytor Nature Study Center is managed for environmental conservation
and restoration with a few areas still managed as farmland. The 470 acre site contains
open fields, woodlands, riverside cliffs, wetlands, a wide variety of flora and
fauna, and miles of trails. One mile of the Big Otter River traverses the property,
which also includes two small lakes, a pond, and several streams. For this half day
field trip, bring snacks and drinks, and wear waterproof shoes for comfortable
walking. Restrooms will be available. This is a joint trip with the Lynchburg club.
Directions: At 8am, the Roanoke group will meet at the Bonsack Krogers on Route
460 (3970 Gateway Blvd) and park near the Kroger gas pumps. We will then carpool
about 45 minutes to Claytor Nature Study Center at 1844 Woods Road, Bedford

Meet Butch Kelly (808-5599) at the Orange Market at Hanging Rock where we will
carpool to Brush Mountain. We will be walking along a gravel road at the crest of
Brush Mountain for about 1-2 miles. Target birds are migrating warblers and neotropicals
which include Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a possibility
for Cerulean Warblers. Brush Mountain is a mature hardwood forest with a vernal
pool which attracts all varieties of birds. We will also visit the Audie Murphy
Monument which honors this decorated WWII veteran. Wear walking shoes and
bring water for this morning walk.
Directions: The Hanging Rock Orange Market is at 1823 Thompson Memorial Drive
which is close to both Exits 140 and 141 off of I-81. It is also at the intersection
of Rt 419 and 311.

Meet at 8:30am in the Tanglewood Mall parking lot to carpool to Smith Mountain
Lake State Park (SMLSP). Park staff has arranged a special pontoon boat trip for
our club to visit an osprey nesting site maintained by the park and the Friends of
SMLSP. Osprey nestlings may be visible at the time of our visit and the nest is
best viewed from the water. We will also be on the look-out for other waterfowl including
Common Loons and a variety of ducks. We will also visit the visitor center
where you can view the nest on the park’s webcam. We will then do some mostly
flat walking through wooded and grassy trails of the park. Other specialty birds include
Brown-headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers. The boat ride will leave the
dock at 10am and the ride should last about an hour or maybe longer, depending
on what we see.
Directions: For those traveling from Roanoke, we will meet under the Tanglewood
Mall sign in the parking lot. Although there is plenty of parking at our destination,
we may want to carpool as there is a fee to park at the state park. For those that
live closer to the park, we will meet at 9:30ish in the visitor center parking lot, 1235
Rd 888, Huddleston, VA 540-297-6066.

Big Spring Day - Saturday, May 5, 2018
Our Big Spring Day bird count is scheduled around late April and early May
to coincide with the annual peak of bird activity. Migrating birds are passing
through on their way north. Local birds are in the midst of breeding which makes
them more active, vocal and easier to observe in their bright spring plumages.
Saturday, May 5th will be the 48th Big Spring Day bird count co-hosted by
the Lynchburg and Roanoke Valley Bird Clubs. We will be out that day, rain or
shine, to count birds in a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the Big Spring in the
Peaks of Otter picnic area. Teams will count birds on their assigned routes all
morning and meet at noon at the Peaks of Otter picnic area for the tally-up. Bring
your picnic lunch and something to drink. After lunch, teams may go back and finish
their territory, search for a reported rarity or just call it a day and head home.
Jim Elder, the Lynchburg Coordinator, will compile and distribute the final report by
email so please make sure he has you email address.
Please join us for a fun day of birding. It’s an opportunity to meet new birders,
discover new birding territories and, maybe, see a bird you have never seen
before. We always hope to surpass the 143 species recorded in 1977!
To participate, contact Barry Whitt at 540-309-4353 or Carol Whitt at 540-
632-6523 or you may email us at . We will assign everyone
to their territories and provide all of the information you will need for the day. If you
participated in a team last year, your party leader will contact you in April to establish
a meeting time and place.

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 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. 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-

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

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