Rockfish Valley Trail 4/16/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

There were cloudy skies, dense fog, and a mist in the air when I arrived at the trail this morning. The trail was still very wet from yesterday's and this early morning's rain, but there was a lot of avian activity. When the sun did try to peek out, the air got very heavy and muggy, and by the time I left two hours later, the fog was getting heavy again. It was good to see a Common Yellowthroat on the east side of Rieds Creek - the first of the year for me (in Virginia) of this species.


Common Yellowthroat

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were singing loudly, making them easy to locate. I think that we are still one to two weeks away from the full arrival of migrating birds.


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Field Sparrow


Field Sparrow gathering nesting material


Northern Cardinal


White-throated Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Tree Swallow

It appears that a Carolina Chickadee has nested in a tree cavity across from the first wooden bridge.


Carolina Chickadee

Today's RV Trail list (29 species):

Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch



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