Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) and Crozet, VA 5/9/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Complete, but thinner cloud cover than yesterday prevailed this morning, and the misty fog of the past couple of days was gone. I drove up Crawford Knob to about a 2200 foot elevation to look for the Blackpoll(?) Warbler that I thought I heard there yesterday. I heard it today as well, but could not locate it in the dense canopy. There were a good number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Bluebirds, and several other common species.


Yellow-rumped Warblers

The weather was holding steady, so I headed over to the King Family Vineyards in Crozet to look for the Glossy Ibis that had been seen there as late as yesterday. But all I saw there were a couple of Solitary Sandpipers, two Green Herons, and a few of the ususal summer birds that reside there. The lake at Western Ridge was not too far away, so I decided to make a stop there before heading home.

Even though it was 11:00 when I arrived, I still managed to log about 25 species in the hour I was there. The highlights were the shore birds and a Common Yellowthroat Warbler. There were a couple of Killdeer, two Solitary Sandpipers, two Spotted Sandpipers, and one Greater Yellowlegs. There was no confusion as to whether it was a Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs - comparison in size to the Spotted Sandpipers made for easy identification.


Killdeer


Solitary Sandpiper


Spotted Sandpipers


Greater Yellowlegs


Greater Yellowlegs


Greater Yellowlegs


Greater Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpiper


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat



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