It was mostly overcast and somewhat hazy when I arrived at the main trailhead kiosk at 8:45 this morning, making viewing of birds hiding in the tree leaves difficult at best. However, I still managed to log 25 species on the trail this morning.
I decided to take the same path as last time: the 2.4 mile hike from the kiosk to the end of the downstream trail, Glenthorne Loop to the second wooden bridge, across to route 627 and back to the first wooden bridge, and then back to the kiosk (1 -1 /2 hours), and then the upstream trail 0.3 miles to the park benches and back for the last 1/2 hour.
On the downstream trail I saw:
Cedar Waxwing (several small flocks and lots of singles and pairs)
Cooper's Hawk (juvenile)
juvenile Cooper's Hawk
On Glenthorne Loop to the second wooden bridge:
Canada Goose (a few large flocks)
After I crossed the second wooden bridge, I walked the short mowed path across from Eagle Ridge Dr., and saw
Common Yellowthroat (male and female)
Common Yellowthroat male
Common Yellowthroat female
On the way back to the kiosk on the downstream trail, I added:
Rock Pigeon (the first brown-morph one I have ever seen)
On the upstream trail, I saw five more species:
There are reports of migrating warblers and flocks of migrating Nighthawks in the adjacent Shenandoah Valley, so the number of species on the trail should be picking up soon. My article on the Rockfish Valley Trail and the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch is now out in the October 2010 issue of Birder's World. I took an extra copy over to Peter up on Elk Hill, and there was a Luna Moth in his yard.