|2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each Month||1.5 mile walk, approx. 2 hrs|
|Meet in Artillery Park parking lot on East Inner Line Drive||Bring water if desired|
Join Mary Ellen and Tom Heisey, avid local birders, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for a fascinating bird walk. See or hear different species in a variety of seasons and habitats such as meadow, edge and woods. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, beginners welcome and encouraged.
|March 14 & 21||8 am|
|April 11 & 25||8 am|
|May 9 & 23||7:30 am|
|June 13 & 27||7:30 am|
|July 11 & 25||7:30 am|
|August 8 & 22||7:30 am|
|September 12 & 26||8 am|
|October 10 & 24||8 am|
Walk: Mostly paved trail but includes short sections of gravel and grass. Good walking shoes recommended.
Where: Meet in the Artillery Park Parking lot on East Inner Line Drive. Near-by restrooms & water fountain available as of May.
When: Start times listed above. Please check the vfparkalliance.org website for updates. Walks will be canceled during electrical or ice storms.
What to Bring: Binoculars, hat, water. Bug spray and sun protection optional.
All ages and experiences welcome!
March & April
Early season weather brings a good chance of seeing or hearing most of the park’s resident woodpeckers, the Red-Bellied, Hairy, Downy, Northern Flicker, Pileated, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
June – August
Park meadows are alive with Song Sparrows, Goldfinches, Eastern Phoebes, Eastern Meadowlarks, Barn Swallows, Mockingbirds, and American Kestrels. Hear Wood Thrushes, Red-eyed Vireos, and Eastern Wood-Pewees on the edges of the Park. Enjoy the fun of observing all the immature birds as they fledge.
Great look at a Scarlet Tanager sitting on a bare branch. He sat long enough for everyone to get a good look at him in the scope as well as a chance to really study and learn his song. Fantastic looks at Eastern Meadowlarks perched on vegetation in the meadow. Two were perched about 8 feet apart and another was perched in the meadow across the lane. We saw an unusually large amount of indigo buntings together. Typically we see individual males, perched high and singing. Today we saw groups of males flying back and forth from tree to tree and perching and singing.