Rockfish Valley Trail 11/24/10

I was able to get to the trail early this morning, arriving shortly after 8:00 - it was a beautiful day for birding - bright blue sky, although a bit chilly in the low 30's. The trail was just starting to awaken when I arrived. There were lots of Bluebirds and Dark-eyed Juncos everywhere. The juvenile Cooper's Hawk and adult Red-shouldered Hawk were on the downstream trail.

Eastern Bluebird

Dark-eyed Junco

juvenile Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

I saw four woodpecker species on the trail this morning: Downy, a pair of Pileated, Red-bellied, and several Flickers.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker


In addition to the 8 previously mentioned species, I saw another 14 species, bringing the morning count to 22 species. There are another 10 or so species that are frequently seen on the trail during the winter months. This morning's total includes:

Carolina Chickadee
Turkey Vulture
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

American Crow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blue Jay
Eastern Phoebe
Tufted Titmouse

Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
American Goldfinch

Blue Jay


On the way home, I stopped at some of the ponds in Stoney Creek to look for migrating waterfowl, but all I saw were a Great Blue Heron, a Kingfisher, and lots of Canada Geese.

Great Blue Heron


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