Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MFT01: Montgomery Hall Park
Elevation: 1484 ft. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Montgomery Hall Park is a large, multi-use park that includes hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and ballfields. The park is chiefly comprised of hardwood forest interspersed with pines. This is a good inner-city spot to find migrant warblers, thrushes, and vireos. In the spring, birders may find Blackburnian, cerulean, and Cape May warblers. The fall may hold treasures such as Connecticut and Nashville warblers, and Philadelphia vireo. Resident species include pileated woodpecker and eastern screech-owl. In the summer, look for nesting birds such as brown thrasher, gray catbird, eastern towhee, and yellow-breasted chat. Wintering birds include white-throated sparrow and dark-eyed junco. Woodland butterflies such as common wood nymph can be found fluttering about woodland edges, while eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple flit about wildflowers in bloom. A checklist of birds observed here by Mrs. Yulee Larner is available at the park.
From I-81 in Staunton, take US 250 West for 2.8 miles to SR 254. Turn left and head west on SR 254 for 0.7 miles to Montgomery Avenue. Turn left on Montgomery Avenue for 0.5 miles, crossing the railroad tracks, to the park entrance on the right.