Rockfish Valley Trail 3/15/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


I went back to the trail this morning to see if I could find the Virginia Rail again in the bog area, so that I could document it. Although I may have heard it twice, I was unable to locate it - the first time I was disturbed by two loud-talking hikers going around the bog area, and the second time by two different loud-talking hikers with their two dogs running loose through the bog area.

Even though I spent most of my time this morning in or around the bog area, I still managed to log 24 species. Highlights included watching two Carolina Wrens gathering nesting materials, a male and a female Downy Woodpecker that did not mind my being close, and two (perhaps three) Ruby-crowned Kinglets; one (possibly two different birds) was displaying its ruby crest. Unfortunately, the one time when its ruby crest was raised high, the bird was behind leaves and I could not get a clear shot at it. I also saw my first two Cowbirds of the season, but I wouldn't call that a highlight.


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Northern Cardinal


Female Downy Woodpecker


Female Downy Woodpecker


Male Downy Woodpecker


Carolina Wren


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Ruby-crowned Kinglet

This morning's list (24 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Eastern Meadowlark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Phoebe
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
Kingfisher
Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Cowbird


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