Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MLP05: Branahm Farm Wildlife Area
Elevation: 1687 ft., This site sits atop a ridge and is maintained as a clear-cut of open field amidst hardwood forest. Butterflies, such as red-spotted purple, eastern tiger swallowtail, eastern comma, viceroy, clouded and orange sulphurs, spring/summer azures, and a variety of skippers, flit about, displaying a full spectrum of colors. Birds sing from surrounding woodlands. Listen for the distinct songs of wood thrush, ovenbird, and eastern wood-pewee, as well as the distant serenades of breeding warblers. In the open areas, look for gray catbird, brown thrasher, eastern kingbird, song sparrow, and eastern phoebe. Other inhabitants of this area that might be spied from this clearcut include white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and ruffed grouse.
From John W. Flanagan Reservoir, continue west on Rt. 611 for 1.9 miles to Branham Farm Wildlife Area on the left.