Rockfish Valley Trail 3/23/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


When I arrived at the trail at 8:30, there was a lot of avian activity, but it was fairly quiet by the time I left at 10:00. Highlights of the 33 species I saw this morning included another male Kestrel, first of the year Brown Thrashers, a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker with one of the yellowist bellies I have seen on this species, and a large flock of mixed Red-winged Blackbirds and Cowbirds. The fresh plumage of Eastern Bluebirds was just beautiful in the morning sunlight.


Male American Kestrel


Brown Thrasher


Brown Thrasher


Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker


Flicker


Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Bluebird

This morning's list (33 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Meadowlark
Kingfisher
Common Grackle
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Blue Jay
Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Rock Pigeon
Cowbird
Eastern Phoebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Flicker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
American Kestrel


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