Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site PDR03: Falkland Farms
Falkland Farms is one of those places you could visit for a day, a week, or a month and some of us wouldn't mind moving right in. With 8000 acres to explore, the possibilities are almost endless! Falkland Farms begins at the end of Staunton River State Park and continues southwest, covering both sides of the Dan River and a whole lot more. Habitats include river and reservoir frontage, hardwood bottomlands and uplands, open fields, pine plantations and the gambit of combinations succession provides. Centered on a lovingly restored farmhouse, with over 100 years of visitors, the farm has always been successfully managed for wildlife, as the impressive turkey and deer trophies inside attest to. Although white-tailed deer and wild turkey are found in abundance on the farm, there is much more to see such as eastern kingbirds and eastern bluebirds enjoying the open fields. Listen to the woodlands reverberate with the drumming of all of Virginia's woodpeckers, including the flashy red-headed and the majestic pileated woodpeckers. Closer to the river, great blue and green herons can be found, while bald eagles venture from their reservoir nests to soar overhead. In spring, the fields are a riot of wildflower colors attracting black swallowtails, monarchs and diminutive eastern tailed-blues to almost every bloom. For the dragonfly enthusiast, search for common whitetail along the creeks and watch carefully near damp patches in the woods for ruby meadowhawk.
From Staunton River State Park, return west on SR 344/MacDonald Road for 3.6 miles to Rt. 716/Falkland Road. Turn left and go south on Rt. 716 for 2.0 miles to Falkland Farms.