Rockfish Valley Trail 6/5/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I arrived at the trail around 8:30, and by the time I left 90 minutes later, I had seen 32 avian species. The trail was only moderately "birdy", and the lush vegetation made it difficult to locate singing birds perched in the trees. Yellow birds were clearly the stars of the show today.

A Common Yellowthroat and a Yellow-breasted Chat were singing out in the open near the intersection of the downstream and Glenthorne Loop trails. White-eyed Vireos were singing all along the Glenthorne Loop trail, and I am fairly certain that I heard a Yellow Warbler there as well. A male and female Orchard Oriole were foraging along with a Baltimore Oriole.


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-breasted Chat


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Female Orchard Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


White-eyed Vireo


Immature Barn Swallow


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

I surprised a deer along the trail.


White-tailed Deer


White-tailed Deer



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