Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSG02: Thrashers Lake Park
Elevation: 708 ft. Thrashers Lake is an excellent spot for a picnic and an excursion looking for birds, dragonflies, butterflies and other wildlife. The lake hosts a variety of waterfowl in the winter months such as visiting American widgeon, ruddy duck and hooded merganser. The banks of the lake often support green heron or sunning eastern painted turtle. The surrounding hillsides create rising air that is perfect for soaring raptors. Check the numerous soaring turkey vultures for the less frequent black vulture and the occasional red-tailed or broad-winged hawk. By standing quietly near the boat dock a variety of dragonflies can be found and easily approached. Eastern amberwing, blue dasher, widow and slaty skimmers, eastern pondhawk and common whitetail are all regularly present and have been sporadically joined by Halloween pennant.
From the Mount Pleasant Scenic Area, return to US 60 and go east on US 60 for 9.9 miles to Rt. 610. Go north 1.4 miles to Rt. 617. Turn left and continue 0.5 miles to Rt. 829/Thrashers Lake Road. Turn left and continue 0.2 miles to the lake.