Rockfish Valley Trail and Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch 8/28/10

Went to the Rockfish Valley Tral to see if the Olive-sided Flycatcher was still there. At 8:30 there was light fog that was completely gone by 9:00. At first, I thought that I would be lucky again as I saw a bird perched at the top of the same tree where I had seen the flycatcher, but as I got closer, I saw that it was a Flicker.

I logged 23 species in 2-1/4 hours this morning. Highlights were a pair of Great Blue Herons in the dead tree at the end of the downstream trail, a Brown Thrasher and a Willow Flycatcher basking in the morning sunlight in Yellow Bird Thicket, and a very shy Least Flycatcher along route 627.

I may have seen a small flock of 9 Nighthawks flying from one of the fields, but I was a good distance away for naked eye identification, and the only photo that I was able to get was out of focus, so I will have to keep trying to get this species. Here's today's list from the trail.

American Crow
Eastern Bluebird
Field Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch
Eastern Phoebe
Brown Thrasher
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal
Rock Pigeon
Chipping Sparrow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Unidentified Hawk (probably a Red-tailed)

Brown Thrasher

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

juvenile male Indigo Bunting

Least Flycatcher

This afternoon I drove up to the Hawk Watch on Afton Mountain, and saw five Ospreys and three Bald Eagles. They were all high fliers, so the photos aren't worth showing. One of the Ospreys was doing aerial combat with a Raven, and that was interesting to watch.

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