Rockfish Valley 10/16/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I got a late start this morning and did not make it to the Rockfish Valley Trail until about 9:00, but was still able to spot 24 species. Many of the summer birds seem to be gone for the year, and I suspect that after the cold front expected at the end of the week, the avian population will be limited to our usual crop of winter birds. However, there is always hope for a few late migrating birds to stop by. Today seemed to be a good day for taking photos of birds in flight. In the early afternoon I took a short hike in Stoney Creek, and was treated to an Osprey. I also saw a Great Blue Heron that looked like it was laughing at a funny joke.

Rockfish Valley Trail

Swamp Sparrow

Palm Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Crow going for its target in mid-air

Chipping Sparrows having a disagreement

American Crow harrassing a Turkey Vulture

This morning's list (24 species):

American Crow
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Eastern Bluebird
Blue Jay
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Carolina Chickadee
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Mockingbird
American Goldfinch
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Phoebe
Cedar Waxwing

Stoney Creek


Blue Jay

Great Blue Heron

American Robin

Canada Geese

Flaps up; landing gear down and locked

One big turtle with a little turtle

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