Rockfish Valley Trail 3/21/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Thin clouds combined with fog made for a solid gray sky, but there was plenty of avian activity on the trail this morning. I arrived around 9:00, and had logged 19 species on the downstream trail before reaching the picnic table. I then added another 13 species farther downstream and on the Glenthorne Loop trail, and finished with 4 additional species hiking upstream to the park benches, including my first-of-year Louisiana Waterthrush and my FOY chipping Sparrow, bringing my morning total to 36 species.

Other highlights included a male and a female American Kestrel at the end of the downstream trail, two Swamp Sparrows, and lots of birds gathering nesting materials.


Carolina Wren welcoming me to the trail


Starling gathering nesting materials


Red-tailed Hawk


Female American Kestrel


Male American Kestrel and female Flicker


First year White-throated Sparrow showing dark juvenile flank barring


Swamp Sparrow


Another Swamp Sparrow


Turkey Vulture drying its wings


Northern Mockingbirds chasing each other


Belted Kingfisher with its breakfast


Great Blue Heron with nesting materials


Rock Pigeons nesting under route 151 bridge


Pale American Robin


Chipping Sparrow


Louisiana Waterthrush


Louisiana Waterthrush


Louisiana Waterthrush


Tree Swallow

This morning's list (36 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Meadowlark
Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Mockingbird
Rock Pigeon
Canada Goose
American Robin
Eastern Phoebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Flicker
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
Red-tailed Hawk


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