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Site MTC08: Martinsville City Reservoir


Elevation: 826 ft. The Martinsville City Reservoir is one of the premier wildlife watching sites in the Martinsville area. The open water body is at its best during migration and winter when Bonaparte's or herring gulls as well as numerous waterfowl including ruddy, ring-necked, mallard and black ducks, bufflehead and hooded merganser occasionally join numerous ring-billed gulls. Migration can also turn up a few visiting sandpipers such as spotted sandpiper and the occasional solitary sandpiper that join the more regular killdeer along the lake's edge. The lake has also recorded a number of anomalies such as tundra swan and red-necked grebe. A pine forest dominated by white pine surrounds the reservoir. This provides excellent habitat for brown-headed nuthatch and pine warbler. More regular birds to be encountered in the woods include Carolina wren, northern cardinal and American goldfinch. The quiet inlets around the lake provide serene environment for the eastern painted turtle, while the banks host a variety of damsel- and dragonflies including eastern amberwing, black-shouldered spinylegs and eastern pondhawk.


Leaving Potters Creek Farm, return to Rt. 890/Snow Creek Road and turn right. Follow Rt. 890 for approximately 16.0 miles to SR 108/Rt. 928/Figsboro Road. Turn left on Figsboro Road and travel approximately 4.5 miles to Rt. 714. Turn left on Rt. 714, driving 0.2 miles to Rt. 1190. Turn left and continue 0.3 miles to the first entrance or go 0.5 miles to the second reservoir entrance.

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