Stoney Creek 3/20,23/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen), VA 3/20/13

It was very cold and windy, but a quick hike down to Lake Monocan produced my Wintergreen area bird species #175 - a Horned Grebe. Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were buzzing over the lakes and ponds, and lots of birds were out enjoying the sunshine.


Horned Grebe


Horned Grebe


Carolina Chickadee


Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stoney Creek 3/23/13

I took the same route as above in Stoney Creek in the early afternoon, and ended up with 27 avian species. Not too bad for a cold, but sunny afternoon in late March. The list included four woodpeckers: Pileated, Downy, Red-bellied, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers; and an Osprey that was enjoying her lunch in a tree, but flew off when she saw me.

I have been hearing Pine Warblers in the small pine forest at the end of my street for a few weeks; actually off and on most of the winter, but they are usually high up in the trees. The first one I saw today was on the path just to the east of Tuckahoe golf fairway #4.


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler

In the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, a few Carolina Wrens were scurrying about, and to my surprise, some of the White-throated Sparrows let me get fairly close to them.


White-throated Sparrow

My next stop was at Sawmill Creek pond #6 where I saw the Osprey.


Osprey


Osprey

And then I got lucky. As I walked along Deer Run, I saw another Pine Warbler at about eye level foraging on a couple of pine trees, and it was much more interested in looking for a meal than my taking lots of photos.


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler



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