Stoney Creek (Wintergreen); Rockfish Valley Trail 11/29,30/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


29 November 2011

It rained all last night and this morning, but it cleared in the afternoon. I am fairly sure that on my hike the afternoon before, I saw a Great Horned Owl in the small pine forest at the end of my street, and I wanted to see if it were still there. I didn't see it, and only logged 14 species this afternoon in Stoney Creek. The highlights were a Great Blue Heron and a Red-tailed Hawk.


Great Blue Heron


Red-tailed Hawk

30 November 2011

As I was getting ready to leave this morning for the Rockfish Valley Trail, a neighbor called to tell me that there was a white goose in the pond (Sawmill Creek pond # 2) behind her house. I headed over there - a Snow Goose! This species is my # 168 species photographed here of the 222 locally reported species. The Snow Goose was hanging around with a few Canada Geese.


Snow Goose


Snow Goose


Snow Goose


Snow Goose

After getting a few photos of the Snow Goose, I headed over to the Rockfish Valley Trail. It was already 9:00, and it was cloudy, cold, and windy. I only stayed there for an hour, and saw about a dozen species. Highlights were another Red-tailed Hawk and a flock of Eastern Meadowlarks.


Red-tailed Hawk


Eastern Meadowlarks



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