Rockfish Valley Trail 5/9/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The trail was very active this morning I arrived at 8:40, stayed for about two hours, and logged 30 species, including four FOS trail species for me this year, the first two of which were FOS species for me anywhere this year: Yellow Warbler, Green Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and Scarlet Tanager.

Common Grackle
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Scarlet Tanager
American Goldfinch
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
American Crow
Eastern Meadowlark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Green Heron

Indigo Bunting
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Cedar Waxwing
Canada Goose

Green Heron

Scarlet Tanager

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

White-eyed Vireo

Our resident tail-less Turkey Vulture made an appearance and came close to me to say hello.

Tail-less Turkey Vulture

I spent the good part of the afternoon mowing my lawn, and came across a female Red-eared Slider turtle laying her eggs, so I was careful to mow around that area. This turtle species is not supposed to be in this part of Virginia, but I have seen one on the pond behind our house every summer since we have been here starting in 2005. The one I saw today looked larger than the one I have seen on a log in the pond, so I am hoping that there are a male and a female. Perhaps there will be little ones in 60 to 90 days. The grass in that area will be very high by the time they hatch! When I finished mowing and went inside to get my camera, the turtle had finished and was on her way back to the pond.

Red-eared Slider

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