Burke's Garden Birding Trip

Burke's Garden is a rare valley bowl with a floor that rests at 3,000' while the encircling ridge rises to around 4,000'. It is located in Bland County, VA where the Appalachian Trail skirts its southern rim. The 8.5 mile long and 4-mile wide valley is often referred to as "God's Thumbprint" for its 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 carpooling 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.

Email info@blueridgediscoverycenter.org for details.

A potential February bird list for Burke's Garden includes:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. American Wigeon
  3. American Black Duck
  4. Mallard
  5. Green-winged Teal
  6. Wild Turkey
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Black Vulture
  9. Turkey Vulture
  10. Golden Eagle
  11. Northern Harrier
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  13. Cooper's Hawk
  14. Bald Eagle
  15. Red-tailed Hawk
  16. Rough-legged Hawk
  17. Killdeer
  18. Wilson's Snipe
  19. Rock Pigeon
  20. Mourning Dove
  21. Barred Owl
  22. Belted Kingfisher
  23. Red-headed Woodpecker
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  25. Downy Woodpecker
  26. Northern Flicker
  27. Pileated Woodpecker
  28. American Kestrel
  29. Loggerhead Shrike
  30. Blue Jay
  31. American Crow
  32. Common Raven
  33. Horned Lark
  34. Carolina Chickadee
  35. Tufted Titmouse
  36. White-breasted Nuthatch
  37. Carolina Wren
  38. Eastern Bluebird
  39. American Robin
  40. Northern Mockingbird
  41. European Starling
  42. Dark-eyed Junco
  43. Song Sparrow
  44. Northern Cardinal
  45. Red-winged Blackbird
  46. Eastern Meadowlark
  47. Common Grackle
  48. House Finch
  49. American Goldfinch
  50. House Sparrow