New River Professional Review and Guide
"Averaging only 2,000 feet in elevation, the New River hosts a variety of species that are uncommon in other parts of the northwest corner of the state. The New River basin is largely agricultural and disturbed with open fields, shrubby fields, and associated wetlands. Interspersed are cliffs and drainage areas containing forest coves, bluffs, and dense rhododendron stands that shelter forest species. The shrubby fields and wetland areas host wide variety of wintering birds and uncommon migrants such as waterfowl and shorebirds.
Many species reach their southern range limits in the New River valley. These include the first southern range expansion records of breeding Tree Swallows in 1979, breeding Savannah Sparrows, and possibly Spotted Sandpipers breeding along the river. Habitats: Agricultural fields, pastureland, shrubby fields, riparian zones, mixed forest, wetlands. Key birds: Summer: Alder, Willow, Least, and Great Crested Flycatcher; Black-billed Cuckoo; Warbling Vireo; Yellow and Golden-winged Warbler; Baltimore Oriole. Fall and spring: Bald Eagle. Winter: Vesper Sparrow."