Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site PMR08: Fluvanna Ruritan Lake
If the short road leading to Fluvanna Ruritan Lake is any indication of what lies ahead, this site holds a lot of potential for a wildlife-packed excursion. The lake itself is an obvious place to start; scan the far banks of the lake and the numerous small coves and bays for great blue herons standing motionless in the shadows. Ospreys can be seen overhead, surveying the bass population for their next meal, all the while, lazy eastern painted turtles soak up the sun. The open waters attract a variety of waterfowl with American widgeon, gadwall, northern shovelers and ruddy ducks mixed in with American coots, and the occasional pied-billed grebe. The shoreline and woods around the boat landing are alive with red-bellied and hairy woodpeckers sculpting their next wooden masterpiece. Also check the noisy flocks of Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice for migrant warblers such as, black-throated green and black-throated blue, as well as other passersby such as, Carolina wren or a wintering yellow-bellied sapsucker. Rounding out the colorful mosaic are various butterflies, such as the red-spotted purples and question marks that can be seen in open moist areas around the edges of the lake's boat landing.
From Scheier Natural Area, return to Rt. 639 and turn left. Follow this a short distance to Rt. 680. Turn left on Rt. 680 (north) and continue for 2.2 miles to Rt. 619. Turn left on Rt. 619 and proceed to the entrance to the lake and boat ramp on your right.