Join the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Explorer's Club on an exploration of the avifauna of Burke's Garden!
Burke's Garden is a rare valley bowl with a floor that rests at 3,000' while the encircling ridge rises to around 4,000ft. It is located in Bland County, VA where the Appalachian Trail skirts it's southern rim. The 8.5 mile long and 4 mile wide valley is often referred to as "God's Thumbprint" for it's distinctive shape.
The bowl is a beautiful pastoral landscape during the summer but in the winter it is equally impressive. During February it plays host to the rare wintering birds from the far north including the Golden Eagle and Rough-legged Hawk. We will be car pooling to the valley where we will enter through the water gap along the North rim. Once in the valley we will slowly work our way around the valley in a large loop searching for birds along the way. With a little luck we will have the opportunity to put scopes on multiple raptors on the tree lines or soaring about the farm fields. It also houses the regionally uncommon Red-headed Woodpecker.
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A potential February bird list for Burke's Garden includes:
American Black Duck
Great Blue Heron