Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 6/23/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks have been visiting my back yard.

I assume that they are the hawks that had fledged from the nest in our yard.


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Rockfish Valley Trail 6/25/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


It was hot, muggy, and buggy this morning, and with a forecast of scattered thunderstorms for this afternoon, I decided to stay close to home, and went over to the trail. The vegetation on the east side of Reids Creek that was clear cut last autumn and winter has grown back quite a bit, and birds were taking advantage of it. In a little less than 2 hours, I logged 32 species on the downstream and Glenthorne Loop trails, and then added a juvenile Downy Woodpecker on the upstream trail. Highlights included three warbler species and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There were a number of immature birds that were in the process of getting their adult plumages.

On the downstream trail near its eastern end, there was a Louisiana Waterthrush foraging on the trail path in a shadowed area, and a Yellow Warbler and at least three American Redstarts were at the southern end of the Glenthorne Loop trail on the east side of Reids Creek. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo was nearby.


Louisiana Waterthrush


Louisiana Waterthrush


Louisiana Waterthrush


Louisiana Waterthrush


Louisiana Waterthrush


Yellow Warbler


Immature male American Redstart


Immature male or female American Redstart


Immature male American Redstart


Yellow-billed Cuckoo


First summer male Orchard Oriole


Immature male Indigo Bunting


Adult male Indigo Bunting


Grasshopper Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Immature Red-winged Blackbirds


Red-winged Blackbird going after an American Crow


Female Red-bellied Woodpecker


Juvenile Downy Woodpecker


Eastern Phoebe

This morning's RV Trail list (33 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Wren
American Goldfinch
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Kingbird
Blue Jay
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Rock Pigeon
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird

Eastern Meadowlark
Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
American Crow
Belted Kingfisher
Orchard Oriole
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Carolina Chickadee

Louisiana Waterthrush
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
White-eyed Vireo
Turkey Vulture
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow



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