Saturday, Feb 09, 2019
Field Trip Leader: Myrlene Staten/JoAnn Dalley
Join us as we travel to Madison County to visit two MBC members’ private properties. First, we will stop at Myrlene Staten’s home, where we will focus on the edges of her pine forest, mostly targeting the flocks of Red-breasted Nuthatches that move through along with their frequent companions (Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Downy and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Hermit Thrushes and the occasional Brown Creeper). The walking here will be short distances over mostly level ground with only small changes in elevation (<500 feet).
Next, we will visit JoAnn Dalley’s property, Windhaven. Windhaven and adjacent Chestnut Oaks are located on the north side of Ruth Road, 2.8 miles west of Madison, Virginia. They are part of 150 acres that was divided into three parcels in the late 1990s. The two properties consist of 13 acres of pasture, which are bush-hogged twice a year with a seasonal drainage/stream between them, and about 58 acres of forest that is in land use and was selectively cut in 1985. There are no domestic animals on the properties, but fox, bear, white-tail deer, and raccoons have been observed. Windhaven has a maintained 6-box bluebird trail. This is a discovery trip where an occasional wild turkey is seen, owls have been heard, and a trio of woodcocks was observed on one occasion.