Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSC03: Thrasher Park
Elevation: 942 ft. This multi-use park facility offers a playscape, tennis courts, and ballfields. Situated on 23 acres of gently rolling hills, these manicured grounds are best for birding during migration. A few large oak and maple trees may temporarily hold neotropical treasures such as warbling vireo, blackpoll, black-throated green, pine, and bay-breasted warblers during migration. One can also find summer breeders such as yellow-billed cuckoo, ruby-throated hummingbird and year-round residents such as song sparrow and brown thrasher. There are no developed trails within this park, but the open fields and grassy hills allow for easy walking access.
From Masons Mill Park, return to 13th Street and turn left, heading back to US 460/Orange Avenue. Turn left on US 460/Orange Avenue and travel 0.6 miles to Gus Nicks Boulevard. Turn right onto Gus Nicks Boulevard and travel for 0.1 miles to Thrasher Park on the right.