Rockfish Valley Trail; Stoney Creek 10/13/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Sparrows once again were the hit of the morning, as 9 of the 46 species I logged on the trail this morning were sparrows: Song, Field, Chipping, White-throated, White-crowned (First-of-Season - FOS), Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln's, and Eastern Towhee. I arrived at 8:30, and already had 21 species when I saw William Leigh (from Harrisonburg, VA) at 9:00, and we birded on the trail until noon. Another FOS bird for me was Pine Sisken, and we saw a flock of about 15 of them on the south end of Glenthorne Loop. We saw three warbler species: Palm, Magnolia, and Black-throated Green.


Black-throated Green Warbler


Palm Warbler - Yellow subspecies


Palm Warbler - Yellow subspecies


Palm Warbler - Western subspecies


Song Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


First year White-crowned Sparrow


First year White-crowned Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Blue-headed Vireo


Great Blue Heron


Female House Finch


Female Purple Finch


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Pine Siskin


Pine Siskin


Pine Siskin

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen)

This afternoon I took a break from processing photos, looked out of a window, and saw a FOS Brown Creeper in my fornt yard. I grabbed my camera and went outside - the Brown Creeper flew away, but there was a second one, along with a small flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets, another FOS bird for me.


Brown Creeper


Golden-crowned Kinglet



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