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Incomplete Floodwall Fauna Guide

The weather is looking good for the weekend so get outside and see what you can find.




I spend a lot of time on the floodwall and other spots along the James River trying to get pictures like the one above. When I post to my Facebook I’m often asked where I saw the bird or critter. Today I made this for a friend who has a bird-watching father visiting this weekend and figured I’d share it with you all as well.


  1. Park near the Truist Building on Riverview Parkway on the Southside of the river. Easy walk to the floodwall.
  2. Grab post floodwall drinks/food at nearby Legend, Basic City, Benchtop, or the not here for much longer Hatch Food Hall.
  3. Stay on the floodwall. Don’t go tromping through the railyard. It scares the critters and it’s technically trespassing
  4. Get the Merlin Bird App, it’s awesome and will help you identify all those random little brown birds.
  5. If you see folks with cameras and/or binoculars start up a conversation. Nearly everyone is willing to give tips or help point a bird that is right in front of you but hiding.
  6. Hit the floodwall in 2-3 weeks and the Osprey should be hunting all along the river.


Fox and deer stand off. The deer won and the fox scurried away.

I didn’t list deer because you can pretty much spot them everywhere at any time.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.