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RV Bird Watching Bluefield WV

RV bird watchers across North America are noticing mallards. Here's where to start RV bird watching on your next RV trip. Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards.

Ashland West Virginia ATV Resort
(304) 862-2322
Ashland, WV
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Ashland ATV Resort
(800) 421-7116, (304) 862-2322
HC 76 Box 681
Northfork, WV
Campground Availability
77 Total Camp/RV Sites, 4 20 Amp Service, 20 30 Amp Service, 19 50 Amp Service, 50 Higher Amp Service, 77 Electric and Water, 27 Full Hookups, 99 Max RV Length, 7 No Hookups, 22 Pull-Thru Sites, 23 Total Rental Units, 43 Sideouts, 11 Tent Sites,
Services
BBQ Pits, Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Ice, WiFi Parkwide, Laundry, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Propane, Showers, Store, Cabin Rentals, internet access at specific locations in park,
Recreation
Basket Ball, Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Fishing, Flyfishing, Hiking Trails, Horse Shoes, Nature Trails, Picnic Area, Planned Activities, Playground,

East Fork Campground (COE-East Lynn Lake)
(304) 849-2355
East Lynn, WV
Campground Availability
13-May thru 9-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Monongahela NF (Summit Lake Campground)
(304) 846-2695
Richwood, WV
Campground Availability
10-Apr thru 30-Nov
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Seneca SF*
(304) 799-6213
Rt 1
Dunmore, WV
Campground Availability
Apr 01-early Dec
Services
Standard Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Camp Creek SP
(304) 425-9481
Camp Creek, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Play Equipment, Shuffle Board Court, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Mountain Lake Campground & Cabins*
(877) 686-6222
1898 Summersville Airport Rd.
Summersville, WV
Campground Availability
Mar 01-Nov 01
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Wading Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf N

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Bluestone SP*
(304) 466-2805
HC 78
Hinton, WV
Campground Availability
mid Apr-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Kumbrabow SF
(304) 335-2219
Huttonsville, WV
Campground Availability
Mid Mar-Mid Dec
Services
Standard Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground (Monongalia County Park)*
(304) 594-1773
Rt 1 (Sand Springs Rd)
Bruceton Mills, WV
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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RV Birdwatching for Your Next RV Trip

Mallards - The Uncommonly Common Duck


Wildlife Feature: Mallards
The uncommonly common duck From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

According to Crow Indian legend, before there was land or trees or mammals, the world consisted of an enormous sea. On this sea paddled ducks, the only animals in the world. One day, Old Man came to the ducks, informing them that there was earth on the bottom of the ocean. Four ducks dove to the depths at his command. When they popped to the surface, one of them presented him a bit of mud wedged between its webbed toes. From this bit of soil, Old Man created the continents that were subsequently occupied by other birds and mammals and the Crows themselves. Many early peoples caught ducks for use as a food source, but just as many prized the duck, especially the mallard, for its beautiful plumage.

Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards. Oblivious to the world, a green-headed drake bobs his head up and down before a likely female. If the head-bob fails to impress his audience, the suitor may dip his bright, yellow-green bill into the water then raise it above his head to send sparkling droplets of water splashing back to the surface. He may also rear backward in the water, displaying the burnished chestnut hues of his breast to his potential mate.

MOST COLORFUL

With the exception of the wood duck drake, male mallards are considered by many to be the most colorful ducks of North America. In contrast to the brilliantly arrayed but relatively uncommon wood duck, though, mallards seem to be everywhere. Due to their uncanny ability to adapt to human civilization and benefit from agricultural activities, mallards are not only the most common duck in the United States, but the most widespread duck in the entire world.

Although most species of ducks are superficially similar in shape and general appearance, different species are often categorized by the manner in which they forage. Diving ducks use their powerful feet to propel themselves to the depths of lakes, ponds and streams where they glean insects and vegetation from the bottom. Mallards, on the other hand, are among the several species known as dabblers. Dabbling ducks don't normally dive, but are often seen tipped bottom-side up, with their heads submerged. Under the surface, their bills probe for vegetation or click shut on swimming bugs. Dabbling ducks will also paddle along in groups, snatching hatching insects from on top of the water.

To facilitate their feeding, the bills of mallards possess some specialized characteristics. Both the yellow-gre...

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