Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site PRM04: Greenfield


With over 1500 acres to explore, Greenfield is full of surprises, beginning with the large beaver pond along the entryway. The damming of this small creek has flooded many acres, creating a wildlife-rich wetland that regularly supports great blue herons and, on occasion, great egrets. Continue along Greenfield Road, taking in the open tree line to the east favored by red-headed woodpeckers, who can often be seen pecking away on some of the larger dead limbs. Once in the woods, look through the leaf litter for eastern box turtles and listen for red-bellied and downy woodpeckers. Careful inspection could reveal a white-tailed deer standing still, watching you, before bursting away in the other direction. Out in the open fields, northern bobwhites are frequently seen, although more often heard with their characteristic bob WHITE song. On top of this, a number of farm ponds, and the seasonally inundated lowlands of Roanoke Creek, are home to resident wood ducks and migrating blue-winged teal. The area also supports dozens of butterflies with common buckeyes and viceroys fluttering all over, and the ubiquitous red-spotted purple almost everywhere you look. Dragonflies to keep an eye out for include slaty skimmers around the ponds and common green darners cruising the skies.


From New Directions Farm, go south on Rt. 652/Briery Road for 3.5 miles to Rt. 654. Bear left and head west on Rt. 654 for 1.3 miles to SR 40. Turn right and go west on SR 40 for 1.7 miles to Rt. 656. Turn right and go north on Rt. 656/Greenfield Road for 0.1 mile to the wide pulloffs just after the turn. Park here in the turnouts and walk down the left side of the road about 0.2 miles to the wetland on the left. A trail will eventually begin here and circle the wetland. The rest of the farm is private property so please respect the landowner's privacy.

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