Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site PMR03: The Rivanna Trail – Riverview Park
Riverview Park provides a great area to go for a walk or just enjoy the outdoors. A portion of the Rivanna Trail goes through the park and another trail forms a loop through riparian forest, and open scrubby fields. The large open fields are a great place for blooming wildflowers and attract numerous butterflies during the warmer months of the year. Watch for red-spotted purples, eastern and black swallowtails, and the occasional passing monarch. These fields are also home to numerous indigo buntings whose high metallic chips sound similar to the northern cardinal. When you reach the river, scan the overhanging branches for eastern phoebes and their constantly wagging tails. Check the open water for the occasional family of wood ducks or perhaps a chubby little muskrat swimming towards the far shore. The woods along the river host dozens of Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice along with a few families of Carolina wrens. These are joined in migration by yellow-billed cuckoos and a myriad of warblers. Once the cold weather comes, watch out for large flocks of American robins as they descend on the woods in mass, at times covering every branch in site.
From Quarry Park return to SR 20/Monticello Avenue. Turn left (north) and continue for 0.4 miles to Meade Avenue. Turn right on Meade Avenue and proceed 0.6 miles to Chesapeake Street. Bear left (south) for 0.3 miles to Chesapeake Street. Turn left (east) and follow it for 0.6 miles to the end of the road. Turn left and go north into the park.