Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 10/1/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I had time this morning to go for a short hike here in Stoney Creek. Tree Swallows and Chimney Swifts were flying over Lake Monocan, and a Canada Goose made a "not that great" of a landing to join some other geese swimming in the lake.

Chimney Swift

Chimney Swift

Canada Goose

Not much other than a few Blue Jays, Turkey Vultures, and American Crows flying around as I walked to the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, but as I returned via the east side of the small Deer Run pine forest, there were lots of bird species: Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Brown Thrasher, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Flicker, Tufted Titmouse, Pine Warbler, and a Red-shouldered Hawk.

Pine Warbler

I made a second stop at the Sawmill Creek pond #3 before heading home, and got my 20th species and best photo this morning - a male Belted Kingfisher flying across the pond and landing on the water drain valve.

Male Belted Kingfisher

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