Rockfish Valley Trail 9/14/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Walt Childs and I headed over to the trail to see if the Blue-winged and Lawrence's Warblers might still be there, and what else we might see. Although we weren't keeping a careful log of all the brids we saw, we counted from memory afterwards and had about 35 species. We did end up with six warbler species: Blue-winged, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Common Yellowthroat, and Black-throated Green. There was another warbler with yellow on it that was with the Blue-winged, but it dropped down into the brush before we could get a good look at it to see it was the Lawrence's. There were lots of Magnolia Warblers all along Reids Creek.

The Warblers


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler


Common Yellowthroat


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler


Blue-winged Warbler

Two White-eyed Vireos were calling back and forth to each other in the same location where they were singing yesterday, and there were lots of Red-eyed Vireos. The Yellow-throated Vireo was still there as well.


Red-eyed Vireo


Yellow-throated Vireo


Yellow-throated Vireo


Yellow-throated Vireo


Yellow-throated Vireo

The Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was still at the south end of the Glenthorne Loop trail along Reids Creek.


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Downy Woodpecker

There were lots of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds all along the trail, and the one shown below posed for a few minutes, but did not offer a side view. It almost looks like it has orange in its tail feathers, orange shoulders, and a brownish crown. I wonder if it is a Rufous Hummingbird? All opinions are appreciated.


Hummingbird


Hummingbird

We also saw another Black and Yellow Argiope spider.


Black and Yellow Argiope



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