Rockfish Valley Trail 10/10/10

Got to the trail at 9:00 this morning, and met up with Walt C. as we both parked our cars along Glenthorne Loop. Walt had read my posting about the female Dickcissel, and we both went directly to that spot to see if it were still there. No luck - but there were hundreds of birds on the trail - everywhere we walked, sparrows and Palm Warblers flew from the ground into nearby trees.

In about 2-1/2 hours we logged at least 30 species, including several first of the season birds, including six species of sparrows.

House Finch
American Goldfinch
American Crow
Blue Jay
Eastern Bluebird
Palm Warbler (yellow and western sub-species)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing

Chipping Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Song Sparrow (100's of them)
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Nortern Cardinal
Turkey Vulture

Palm Warbler (yellow sub-species)

Palm Warbler (yellow sub-species)

Palm Warbler (western sub-species)

A Red-tailed Hawk was mobbed by at least 20 crows, and we heard a second hawk off in the distance.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

One of the sparrows we saw was very red - like a Swamp Sparrow, but it did not have a bi-colored bill, so it may have been a Lincoln's Sparrow. A Lincoln's Sparrow was spotted nearby a few minutes later.

Lincoln's(?) Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

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