Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MAH12: Lake A. Willis Robertson
Elevation: 1464 ft. The lake is at its best during migration and winter when a variety of waterfowl may appear. However, the summer months do not disappoint. During the summer scan the lakeshore for great blue and green herons as well as the occasional belted kingfisher rattling by. The lake is also a great place to watch for swifts and swallows as they skim the water for a drink. The lake supports a great diversity of dragonflies, which are easily seen from the boat landing. Search for eastern amberwing, widow and slaty skimmers, eastern pondhawk, and prince baskettail. Damselflies in general are less prevalent but powdered dancers abound. The banks of the lake are good to search for butterflies, especially around damp areas or where fish remains have been dropped. Eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails are especially numerous and are occasionally joined by the more uncommon eastern commas that tend to stick closer to the woods.
From the Evan's Tract, continue east on Rt. 633 for 1.4 miles to SR 269. Turn right, heading east 4.4 miles to Rt. 770 in the Town of Longdale Furnace. Turn right onto Rt. 770 and travel 4.1 miles to the T-intersection on the top of the ridge. Turn right and continue 4.3 miles to the entrance to the lake on the left. Turn left and proceed 0.5 miles to the lake.