Rockfish Valley Trail 9/7/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


There are times when being the first one on the trail in the morning can be "fun" - my face was the equivalent of an ice-breaker when it came to spider webs. I arrived at the trail at 8:30 and stopped first at the second wooden bridge at the southern end of the Glenthorne Loop trail. Within one hour I had logged 17 species, including a rare Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, another Empidonax flycatcher that was probably a Willow, and a very cooperative Common Yellowthroat that let me take a lot of close-up photos.

I then headed over to the first wooden bridge and logged 8 more species on the north end of the Glenthorne Loop trail and part of the downstream trail, and ended the morning with my 26th species near the main kiosk on the upstream trail.



Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Willow Flycatcher


Willow Flycatcher


Great Blue Heron


Indigo Bunting


Red-eyed Vireo doing the "Twist"


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Red-spotted Purple Admiral

This morning's RV Trail list (26 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Carolina Wren
American Goldfinch
Indigo Bunting
Field Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Baltimore Oriole
American Crow
Starling
Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Catbird
Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Phoebe
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rock Pigeon
Great Blue Heron
Northen Cardinal



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