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Burke's Garden Birding Trip

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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.

Interested in joining us? Please complete the registration form below. Additional information will be sent to registered participants prior to the event. This event is FREE to members. The fee for non-members is just $10.

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

Canada Goose, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Wild Turkey, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Barred Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch, & House Sparrow

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