Rockfish Valley 4/27/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I was on the trail this morning from 8:00 to 10:00, and the trail had quite a bit of avian activity all the time I was there. However, I only saw 33 avian species, so we are still a bit shy of what I would call very good birding on the trail (40 to 50 species), or great birding (50+ species) like we had last September with 70+ species days there.

Common Yellowthroats were singing in the bog area and all around the small pond on Glenthorne Loop where they nest every year. I caught a quick glance of three warblers in the brush along the east side of Reids Creek, and was able to get a few photos for identification. They look to me like male and female Prairie Warblers, and a Yellow-breasted Chat. The YB Chat usually spends the entire summer in that area of the trail.


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


White-eyed Vireo


White-eyed Vireo


Field Sparrow


Field Sparrows


Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Towhee


Eastern Meadowlark


Green Heron


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Male Prairie Warbler


Female Prairie Warbler


Yellow-breasted Chat

Today's RV Trail species:

Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
NRW Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Prairie Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch


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