Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MNR05: Briery Branch Dam/Briery Lake
Elevation: 2115 ft. Briery Branch Dam and the associated Briery Lake are home to variety of water birds throughout the year. In summer search for great blue heron, wood duck and belted kingfisher and during migration and in winter, look for additional species of duck as well as the occasional grebe or coot. The neighboring woodland hosts most of the woodland species characteristic of western Virginia. Blue jay and northern cardinal are joined in spring by a variety of warblers and in winter by finches and sparrows. Search the roadside verges, thick with chicory, for common whitetail and widow skimmer, two species of dragonfly that seem to be less restricted to the lakeshore.
From Hone Quarry Recreation Area, return to SR 257 and turn right. SR 257 ends in 0.8 miles at the intersection with Tilghman Road/FR 101. Continue straight on FR 924 for 2.2 miles to the pullout on the left.