Crozet, VA 11/1/12; Rockfish Valley Trail 11/2/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA 11/1/12

I headed over to Lickinghole Creek trail and lake to look for any shorebirds that might have been displaced by the superstorm, but didn't stay very long as it started to drizzle. There was a Kingfisher on the lake, two Killdeers on the sand bar, and a mixed flock of Mallards and Gadwalls on the lake.


Belted Kingfisher


Belted Kingfisher


Killdeer


Mallards and Gadwalls


Mallards and Gadwalls


Mallards and Gadwalls



Rockfish Valley Trail 11/2/12

It was supposed to be sunny today, but when I arrived at the trail at 9:20 this morning, there was almost complete cloud cover. By 10:20 there was 50 percent cloud cover, and a half hour later it was cloudy again. There were lots of birds out, especially sparrows, but not as many birds as when I was on the trail two days ago and logged 37 species. I ended up with only 31 species this morning, but 7 of them were species that I did not see two days ago on the trail.

The Vesper Sparrow and two Savannah Sparrows are still on the downstream trail where the power line crosses overhead. I saw a couple of Palm Warblers, and one of them still had remnants of its breeding red crown coloring. Our resident tail-less Turkey Vulture was flying high today.








Tail-less Turkey Vulture


Vesper Sparrow


Vesper Sparrow


Vesper Sparrow


Vesper Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


White-crowned Sparrow


White-crowned Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Hairy Woodpecker


Red-tailed Hawk


Palm Warbler


Palm Warbler


Palm Warbler


House Finch


Cedar Waxwing

Today's RV Trail list (31 species):

Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Flicker
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Raven
American Crow
Starling
Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren
Bluebird
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Phoebe
Northern Mockingbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Rock Pigeon
Cedar Waxwing



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