Rockfish Valley Trail 4/17/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I arrived at the trail almost an hour earlier than yesterday morning. It was warm and muggy under overcast skies. The forecast was for a good chance of rain today, and I wanted to see if any new warblers had arrived, and perhaps were spending the day here to wait out the rain. Although I only saw one warbler species, I did see most of the avian species that I saw yesterday, plus an additional 13 species to bring my two day total on the trail to 42 species. By the time I left, the sun had come out, and the rain seems to have gone to the south of us.

FOY (for me in Virginia) highlights included a small flock of Eastern Kingbirds, a White-eyed Vireo, and a Green Heron.

Additional RV Trail species that I saw today, but did not see on the trail yesterday:

Canada Goose
Green Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Common Raven
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Thrasher
Palm Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco


Brown Thrasher


Field Sparrows


Green Heron


Common Raven


Eastern Kingbirds


Downy Woodpecker

I saw a western subspecies Palm Warbler along the route 627 section of Glenthorne Loop, and a yellow subspecies Palm Warbler on the upstream trail.


Western subspecies Palm Warbler


Yellow subspecies Palm Warbler


Yellow subspecies Palm Warbler


Tree Swallows


"So, did you catch any tasty flies?"



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