Shenandoah Valley, VA 5/27/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


I had an errand to do in Waynesboro this morning, so I headed first to the Stuart's Draft area where I only saw about a dozen common species. The farm fields were either tall with vegetation or just plowed, and the few fields that had low vegetation had tall vegetation growing on the road shoulders with nowhere to pull off. I then drove down to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, and only saw a few species there as well, but a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers put on a good show for me.

They appeared to be two males, an adult and a young male, and the adult was giving foraging lessons to the youngster, even feeding it.


Young male Pileated Woodpecker


Young male Pileated Woodpecker


Adult male Pileated Woodpecker


Pileated Woodpeckers


Pileated Woodpeckers


Pileated Woodpeckers


A variety of Mallards



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