Rockfish Valley Trail 10/26/10

The forecast was for rain starting this evening, so I headed out to the trail this morning, arriving around 9:00. There were low and heavy clouds everywhere. On the way to Glenthorne Loop where I parked, I saw a kettle of 100+ Turkey and Black Vultures above the Spruce Creek trailhead area. It was one of those mornings when I could not feel the rain, but when I looked at my camera it was wet from the heavy mist. I stayed in and around the bog area trying to keep my camera dry. I heard a Kingfisher, and saw a flock of Starlings and a couple of flocks of Cedar Waxwings. American Crows were making their usual racket, and Blue Jays were flying back and forth overhead.

I saw a Northern Mockingbird, several Yellow-rumped Warblers, lots of Eastern Bluebirds, an Eastern Phoebe, some American Goldfinches, and several Song Sparrows. I think that many of the birds were hunkered down. Highlight of the morning was four woodpeckers species:

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker

By 9:30 the light mist had turned into heavy mist, and by 9:45 when I got to my car, there was light drizzle. So I only logged 17 species in the 45 minutes I was there. Hope it is better later in the week.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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