Central Virginia 6/14/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Some days are better for birding than others - today was not so great. Walt Childs and I got permission to bird on a privately owned wetlands just north of Charlottesville. However, the vegetation was chest high except for some mowed paths, and we never did see any part of the non-wooded area that looked like a wetlands. There were more ticks than birds there, and all we saw were a few Indigo Buntings, an Orchard Oriole, and a few other common birds.


Orchard Oriole

We headed back to the west, and hiked down to the Lickinghole Creek Reservoir - again, there wasn't much to see. The best bird was a Green Heron, and there were a few Canada Geese, Northern Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, and a limited number of other birds.


Green Heron

We decided to head over to Stuart's Draft to check out the Barn Owls that I had seen there a week ago. Both of us thought that we only saw three of the five little ones, but I can see all five in some of my photos. One of them was partially hidden by its siblings, and the other by an obstruction in the silo.


Barn Owls


Barn Owls


Barn Owls


Barn Owls


Barn Owls


Barn Owls

On the way home we stopped at the small pond behind Kohl's in Waynesboro. There was a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, and a few Canada Geese.


Great Blue Heron


Green Heron


Green Heron



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