In between yesterday's day long misty drizzle, and this evening's forecasted heavy rains, clouds covered the entire Rockfish Valley along with most of Virginia. The gray skies looked like a washboard.
I wanted to look for the adult male Northen Harrier again, so I parked just off route 627 north of the first wooden bridge around 9:30, and walked to the grassy air strip on the east side of Reids Creek. After waiting there for a while, I headed south along route 627, and then crossed the second wooden bridge. By the time I reached the first wooden bridge on the west side of Reids Creek, I had logged 22 species on the trail in 1-1/2 hours. I still hadn't seen the Harrier.
I drove to the main kiosk, and hiked upstream and then downstream, and crossed the first wooden bridge to look for the harrier once again before hiking back to my car. In this last hour I added three more species to the morning list, but no Harrier. On my way home, I made one last drive around to the east side of Reids Creek, searching in vain for the Harrier. Perhaps it has moved on?