Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSW09: White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Elevation: 752 ft. White Oak Mountain Wildlife Management Area is a mosaic of scrubby fields, regenerating forest and dense woodland. Numerous plantings of sunflowers and other seed plants in the area attract a high density of seed-eating species such as large congregations of mourning dove, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting and American goldfinch. Other bird species found in the area include wild turkey, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, northern flicker, eastern kingbird, blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern bluebird, brown thrasher, white-eyed and red-eyed vireos, field sparrow, red-winged blackbird and eastern meadowlark. Look carefully around young regenerating pine trees for prairie warblers and make sure to check the small ponds for wood duck. Butterflies are also numerous in the area with eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails, common wood-nymph, eastern-tailed blue and a variety of skippers being present.
From Lake Burton, return to the intersection of US 29 and SR 57. Continue east on Rt. 57 for 7.0 miles to the intersection with Rt. 640. Turn right onto Rt. 640 and proceed south 3.5 miles to Rt. 707. Turn right onto Rt. 707 and continue 1.0 to Shotgun Road. Turn left onto Shotgun Road and proceed 1.4 miles to parking area at pond.