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.
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing - note the growth of its tail feathers
First fall Red-winged Blackbird
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
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
That drumstick didn't have enough meat on it - you can go now.
Looking for the next course
This morning's list (42 species):