Rockfish Valley Trail 9/28/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


After yesterday's warblers in Stoney Creek, could today be a better birding day?? I got to the trail a bit earlier than usual (8:20 a.m.), so I headed upstream first as I knew that the Glenthorne Loop trail would still be in shadow. By the time I walked to the park benches and back to the kiosk in 20 minutes, I had already logged 16 species. Little did I know that there were 19 more species to see on the trail this morning.

On the downstream trail I saw two firsts for this season, a Palm Warbler and a Savannah Sparrow. Then a Black-throated Green Warbler flew overhead.

The highlight of the morning for me came on the Glenthorne Loop trail after I had already hiked all the way to the second wooden bridge and was hiking around the bog area when I saw warblers. I got a glimpse of a Magnolia Warbler and enough of a photo to positively identify it, and then a Common Yellowthroat was sitting in plain sight on some branches. There were two many nearby branches for my camera to autofocus, and by the time I switched to manual focus it had gone. However, I was promptly rewarded - I have been trying for four years to get a better photo of a Northern Parula Warbler, and one came out right in front of me to say hello. Cross that one off my to-do list! A minute later I was close to a Least Flycatcher, and I ended my two hour hike watching an Eastern Wood-Pewee have a snack.


Eastern Bluebirds


Savannah Sparrow


Palm Warbler


Palm Warbler


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Black-throated Green Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Northern Parula


Northern Parula


Northern Parula


Northern Parula


Least Flycatcher


Eastern Wood-Pewee


Eastern Wood-Pewee

This morning's list (35 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Indigo Bunting
American Crow
Catbird
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rock Pigeon
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Carolina Wren
Carolina Chickadee
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-winged Blackbird
Starling
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Goldfinch
Blue Jay
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia Warbler
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Northen Mockingbird
Blue Grosbeak
Cedar Waxwing
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Meadowlark



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