Rockfish Valley Trail 4/11/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I had planned to go to Crozet, Virginia this morning, but changed my mind at the last minute. A sinus headache prompted me to stay closer to home in case it got worse. I got lucky. Although I only saw 28 avian species on the Rockfish Valley Trail this morning, I saw my first of the year (for the RV Trail) Brown Thrasher, Wood Ducks, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. In addition, as I was hiking on the east side of Reids Creek between the small pond and second wooden bridge, an American Bittern flew northward from the waist-high, blond field grasses. I could not find it again after it flew, but the Bittern was a new RV Trail species (# 186), and my # 176 Wintergreen area bird species.


American Bittern


American Bittern


American Bittern


American Bittern


American Bittern


American Bittern


Brown Thrasher


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Field Sparrow


Eastern Meadowlark

Today's RV Trail list:

American Bittern
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Wood Duck
Carolina Wren
Blue Jay
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird




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