Rockfish Valley Trail 4/29/10

Somewhat disappointed that I only saw 29 species this morning, and the total number of birds was also on the low side, and no warblers at all today. I wonder if the severe winter east coast weather took its toll on the bird population? Highlights of the morning were First of Year (FOY) Indigo Bunting and FOY Orchard Oriole.

Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Attached are a few photos from this morning. Thought perhaps I had a Bank Swallow because of the breast band, but the tail was not forked so it must be a juvenile Tree Swallow. Also got an interesting photo of a NRW Swallow carrying nesting materials, and another Tree Swallow that had no regard for the Bluebird sign on the box it selected.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Indigo Bunting

Tree Swallow

Orchard Oriole

Tree Swallow

I have attached a mystery bird that I saw - only got a quick look and a fuzzy photo - when I saw it I thought it was the Green Heron that I had seen a few minutes earlier, but this bird has white under wings with black edges, and a white patch on its upper wing - any idea what it is?

Mystery Bird

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