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.


Solitary Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpipers

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpiper

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

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