Rockfish Valley Trail 4/20/2011

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I was awakened at 6:15 this morning by a Red-shouldered Hawk calling in my backyard. Probably telling me to get up and do some birding!

As soon as I got out of my car, I saw a Broad-winged Hawk circling with a few Turkey Vultures. I logged 10 species on the trail in the first few minutes, but that pace did not keep up, and I ended up with 30 species after hiking the downstream, Glenthorne Loop, and part of the upstream trails. Highlight of the morning was my FOS Orchard Oriole. But still no warblers - wonder if Saturday's storms interrupted migration patterns??

Broad-winged Hawk and Turkey Vulture

Orchard Oriole

A number of birds were gathering materials for their nests.

Eastern Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird

This morning's list:

Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

Northern Mockingbird
Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Crow
Red-winged Blackbird

Rock Pigeon
Carolina Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird
American Goldfinch
Northern Cardinal

Eastern Meadowlark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture
Black Vuture

Orchard Oriole
Tufted Titmouse
Broad-winged Hawk

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