Rockfish Valley Trail 10/24/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


I met up with Walt Childs at the first wooden bridge at 8:40 this morning, and in a little more than three hours, we had logged 41 species on the trail. Once again, sparrows stole the show, both in number of birds as well as 10 species of them. We also had six diurnal raptors this morning that kept the little birds on their toes and looking over their shoulders.


Palm Warbler - yellow subspecies


Field Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Juvenile Savannah(?) Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


Immature White-crowned Sparrow


Immature White-crowned Sparrow


Immature White-crowned Sparrow


Adult White-crowned Sparrow


Vesper Sparrow - notice the rufous lesser coverts (shoulder)


Vesper Sparrow


Vesper Sparrow


Vesper Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Carolina Chickadee


Female Purple Finch


Female Purple Finch


Male Purple Finch


Male and Female House Finches


American Kestrel


Sharp-shinned Hawk


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Ruby-crowned Kinglet

As I was writing this blog late this afternoon, a friend here in Stoney Creek called to tell me that she had heard a Loon on Lake Monocan. I hurried over there to take a look, but did not see it. I did see a flock of 15 Killdeer flying over the lake, and a Belted Kingfisher flew to the flock to see what the commotion was all about.


Killdeer


Killdeer


Killdeer


Belted Kingfisher

This morning's RV Trail list (41 species):

Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

American Kestrel
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch
Downy Woodpecker

Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren

Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Belted Kingfisher
Blue Jay
Bluebird
BW? Blackbird
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Rock Pigeon
Starling


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