On Saturday, March 24, the Northern Neck Audubon Society (NNAS) will conduct a bird walk at 9:00 am at Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve in Lancaster County. Hickory Hollow offers 3.5 miles of wooded footpaths that meander through 254 acres of second growth deciduous forest, ravines, and swampland. This site, protected from development by the Northern Neck Audubon Chapter, is home to many breeding birds including Acadian flycatchers, hooded and black-and-white warblers and wild turkeys. The park is also home to over 500 plant species, including native orchids, mushrooms, mountain laurel, running cedar, skunk cabbage and other wildflowers. Possible sightings at this time of year are, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Red-bellied, Downy, and Pileated Woodpeckers, Oven Bird, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Northern Parula, Pine Warbler, Barred Owl, Brown Creeper, and Fox Sparrow.
GPS address is 3073 Regina Road, Lancaster, VA. Directions are as follows: From the stoplight by Wal-Mart in Kilmarnock, drive 4.5 miles west on Route 3. Turn right on Route 604 (Regina Road). Hickory Hollow and the parking area will be on your left in .03 mile. From Lancaster Court House, drive 1.1 miles east on Route 3. Turn left on Route 604 (Regina Road). Hickory Hollow and the parking area will be on your left.
There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available. For cancellations, check back here.