Rockfish Valley Trail 8/11/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


A cooler and drier weather front is moving through the area, and I wanted to see if any migratory birds had made it to the trail. I wasn't able to get there until 9:30 this morning, but there was good avian activity on the trail, and I logged 22 species in one hour. I didn't see any new migratory birds.


Song Sparrow


Great Blue Heron


Catbird


Eastern Kingbirds

As soon as I crossed the first wooden bridge from the east side of Reids Creek, a Red-tailed Hawk flew from a nearby tree and landed some distance away along the downstream trail. Even at this distance, it appeared to be a very handsome bird, and then my opinion of its appearance changed as its ruffled it feathers. :-)


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk

At the edge of the bog area just past Yellow Bird Thicket, I was greeted by a couple of interesting birds - a House Wren with a dark throat patch, and a White-eyed Vireo with its late morning breakfast.


House Wren


House Wren


White-eyed Vireo


White-eyed Vireo


White-eyed Vireo

This morning's RV Trail list (22 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Wren
House Wren
American Goldfinch
White-eyed Vireo
Indigo Bunting
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Robin
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee

Great Blue Heron
Catbird
American Crow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Rock Pigeon
Red-tailed Hawk
Tufted Titmouse



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