[Bristol-Birds] Berry Creek Pond in Washington Co., Va may provide very good birding.

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 19:56:42 -0400

 After giving it some thought for a couple of months,  I headed out
 Monday to locate what should be an excellent shorebird and/or
 waterbird habitat in Washington Co., VA.  The possibility of this
 beautiful aquatic site had been discovered as a result of scanning
 air photos many hours during this past winter.
 It is similar to the Paddle Creek Pond site in Sullivan Co., TN which
 has been productive for both waterfowl and shorebirds/waders
 for the past few years.

 For the purposes of birding, it has been given the name
 Berry Creek Pond.  It has abundant and diverse aquatic plants
 from Soft Rush stands to Broadleaf Cattail.  Willows grow along
 the shoreline.  

 The elevation is about 2,000 feet.  The size is (with Paddle Creek
 Pond in parenthesis for comparison):  length 325 yards (230), width
 65 yards (85).
This appears to be a water source for the Glenrochie Country Club
of Abingdon, VA because a pump house is located on the shore and
it appears water is drawn from the pond to water the course.  The
inflow is small and limited at this time so there is a possibility the
pond is drawn down, creating nice mudflats in late summer.

Access is limited but most bird habitat can be observed and birds
easily seen with a spotting scope.  The golf course is a private
facility but it appears the advantage point for birding shorebirds/
waterfowl and waders may be public access.

We will learn more as the late summer season, fall and winter
are experienced.  Standby for Berry Creek Pond.

Let's go birding . . . .

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN


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