Rockfish Valley Trail 4/1/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

It was a nice morning to be out on the Rockfish Valley Trail - a little windy, but warmer and sunny. In less than two hours I logged 25 avian species (see list below), and combined with another 15 recently seen RV Trail species (2nd list below), one can possibly see up to 40 species on the the trail now. Local birders are invited to visit the trail, but I would recommend waiting at least a couple of weeks if you live a long distance from the trail, as spring migrating birds should increase significantly by the end of the month.


Northern Flicker


Eastern Bluebird


Field Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Belted Kingfisher


Tree Swallow

A short hike near my home here in the Rockfish Valley added Pine Warbler, Wood Duck, Canada Goose, Tufted Titmouse, and Northern Mockingbird to bring my day list to 30 species.


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler


Pine Warbler

Today's RV Trail list:

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Rock Pigeon

Other Recent RV Trail species:

Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
NRW Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Grackle
Mourning Dove


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