Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site PHP09: Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest
Prince Edward-Gallion State Forest consists of numerous forest blocks surrounding Twin Lakes State Park. The areas consist of forests at many successional stages ranging from harvested land to well-developed forest. This mosaic creates habitats for numerous wildlife species. Search in the deep woods for the mighty pileated woodpecker or amongst the pines for pine warbler and brown-headed nuthatch. At the edges of the numerous clearings keep an eye out for wild turkeys and listen for the soft, husky whistle of eastern bluebirds. Be sure to keep looking up and checking the numerous turkey and black vultures for red-tailed and occasionally broad-winged or red-shouldered hawks. During spring and autumn, numerous migrants join resident species as they pass through on their way to summering or wintering grounds. This is the most exciting time in the forest when the resident northern cardinals are joined by scarlet and summer tanagers and the fields are alive with indigo buntings and field and chipping sparrows. There is great potential for seeing numerous warblers who seem to trickle through in small family groups, mixing with the locals. Look for black-and-white and magnolia warblers and American redstarts amongst the chickadees and titmice.
From Twin Lakes State Park, go left (west) on Twin Lakes Road. For 0.7 miles to Rt. 613. Turn left (south) for 0.7 miles to Flippen Road. Turn right (west) and follow Flippen Road. for 1.7 miles through Prince Edward - Gallion State Forest.