Rockfish Valley Trail 10/10/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Another great morning on the Rockfish Valley Trail. I arrived at 8:15 and headed upstream first. A 10 minute hike to the park benches and another 10 minute return to the parking area yielded 16 species of birds, and I ended up with 42 species for this morning's hike.

The Savannah Sparrows and a Grasshopper Sparrow are still hanging around the end of the first fenced field on the downstream trail. I soon encountered an American Kestrel that I would see again later in the morning.


House Finch


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Swainson's Thrush


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Grasshopper Sparrow


Grasshopper Sparrow


White-throated Sparrow


White-throated Sparrow


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Palm Warbler


Palm Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Juvenile Cedar Waxwing - note the growth of its tail feathers


First fall Red-winged Blackbird


Brown Thrasher


Juvenile Cooper's Hawk


American Kestrel

I saw the American Kestrel again near the end of my hike. It was having a light meal.


American Kestrel with the appetizer du jour


Taking a bite


A small drumstick


Burp!


That drumstick didn't have enough meat on it - you can go now.


Looking for the next course

This morning's list (42 species):

Rock Pigeon
American Crow
Starling
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Bluebird
Blue Jay
Indigo Bunting
Catbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
House Finch
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Mockingbird
Cowbird
Cedar Waxwing
Red-winged Blackbird
Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Swainson's Thrush
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch
Northern Cardinal
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Tennessee Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler


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