Rockfish Valley Trail 12/16/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


This morning was just the opposite from yesterday morning. When I awoke, the sky was clear with only a few clouds, but by the time I got to the trail at 8:50 there was complete cloud cover. The Snow Goose is still here in Stoney Creek, hanging around with some Canada Geese, yesterday afternoon behind my neighbor's house (Sawmill Creek pond #4), and this morning behind my house (Sawmill Creek pond #5).


Snow Goose


Snow Goose

Although it was cloudy on the trail, it wasn't very cold, and there were a number of birds up and about. My target on the trail is 20 avian species in two hours, and I had my 20 species before the 1-1/2 hour mark, and then added 2 more species, although today was the first day in many months when I did not see a single Bluebird.


Red-shouldered Hawk


Kingfisher with her breakfast


Carolina Wren


Field Sparrow


White-crowned Sparrow

The 20th species this morning was a male American Kestrel, sitting on a powerline above the first field along the downstream trail.


American Kestrel

This morning's list (22 species):

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
American Goldfinch
Northern Cardinal
Red-shouldered Hawk
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

American Kestrel
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-breated Nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Carolina Chickadee
American Crow
Kingfisher
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Rock Pigeon
Turkey Vulture



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