Stuart's Draft, VA 2/9/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


I had a late morning appointment in Waynesboro today, so I headed down to the Stuart's Draft area afterwards, and spent about 1-1/2 hours there centered on about noon. My first stop was at the small pond on Brenneman's Lane off of Churchman's Mill Road, where the Lark Sparrow made a brief appearance after a pair of Mallards flew from the pond. There were Song, Field, and Savannah Sparrows there as well as several Bluebirds. Then I made the circuit from Churchman's Mill to Guthrie Road, and saw a flock of 40 to 50 American Pipits - a new life bird for me. At first, I only saw one close by in the field, but when I got out of my car to get some better photos, the entire flock, mostly on the other side of the road, took off and flew out of sight.

Along Wayne Road I saw an American Kestrel and a Red-tailed Hawk, and then saw more Bluebirds, Starlings, Turkey Vultures, and a Common Raven along Hall School Rd. My last stop was the pond behind Kohl's, and there was a pair of American Wigeons along with some more Mallards.


Lark Sparrow


Lark Sparrow


American Pipit


American Pipit


American Pipit


American Wigeons


Male American Wigeon


Female American Wigeon



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