Crozet, VA 7/16/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Another hot and humid day here in Central Virginia. I headed over to Crozet, first stoping at the King Family vineyards. The juvenile White Ibis that had been reported there for the past few days was still there, along with a couple of Killdeers and a Spotted Sandpiper. I had previously seen White Ibises multiple times in North Carolina and Florida, but this was my first Virginia sighting of this species.

Next stop was Lickinghole Creek and the Western Ridge lake. A new and wider path has been cut that is closer to the water and offers better views of the sand bar, which, however, was completely overgrown with low vegetation, so I didn't see any shore birds there. But I did see a couple of Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron, Mallards and Wood Ducks, Kingfishers, and several woodland species. The resident Bald Eagle did its obligatory flyover.

Juvenile White Ibis

Green Heron

Great Blue Heron


Bald Eagle

First year male Northern Cardinal

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