Reddish Knob Area 8/30/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Walt Childs and I headed out to Reddish Knob (elevation 4,397 feet) in western Rockingham County near the border with West Virginia to look for warblers and other migrating birds. The trip turned out very well with our seeing 28 avian species on the road up to the summit, and another 15 species on the trip. At one spot close to the summit, there was a mixed flock of eight warbler species along with some non-warbler birds. We saw a few of these warbler species elsewhere on the roads leading to the summit. Most of the warblers were seen in dark tree canopy with strong sun backlighting that made photography difficult.


Black-capped Chickadee


Black-capped Chickadee


Cedar Waxwing


Blue-headed Vireo


Chimney Swift


Sharp-shinned Hawk

Reddish Knob Warblers (Hooded and Black&White were seen but not photographed)

Blackburnian Warblers





Chestnut-sided Warblers





Black-throated Green Warblers






Black-throated Blue Warblers





Magnolia Warblers







Tennessee Warbler



Near the summit, we saw a pretty Painted Lady butterfly.


Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Our next stop was Hone Quarry, and it was a disappointment - a couple of woodpeckers, and a few Goldfinches. Our last stop was Silver Lake, northwest of Dayton, VA. We saw a two beavers in the lake, some Mallards and Mute Swans (assumed not wild), and two swallows that presented an identification problem for us. Both swallows were flying quickly above the lake catching flies, and it took us a while to identify one of them as a Northern Rough-winged Swallow, but the other swallow was a challenge. It looked like a Barn Swallow, but it had two white upper tail feathers that looked like a chevron from some angles. After some long looks at it, we assumed that the white upper feathers were a result of molting in progress.


Beaver


Beaver


Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Barn Swallow


Barn Swallow


Barn Swallow

Reddish Knob list (28 species):

Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Cedar Waxwing
Hairy Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Harrier
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Chimney Swift
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Scarlet Tanager
American Crow
Common Raven
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee

Other trip birds (15 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Indigo Bunting
Unidentified Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Mockingbird
Blue Jay
Starling
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Mallard
Black Vulture
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Red-tailed Hawk


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