Augusta County, VA 8/12/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs and I headed west into the Shenandoah Valley, stopping first at Augusta Springs Wetlands where we saw 16 species of mostly woodland birds.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

From there, we headed over to Swoope where we added another 34 species. At our first stop we were treated to a pair of American Kestrels, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a pair of Bald Eagles.

American Kestrels

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

We saw a lot of lake and shore birds: Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Wood Ducks, and four species of Sandpiper: Spotted, Solitary, Semi-palmated, and Lesser Yellowlegs. [Update - from Allen L. (VA): Your Lesser Yellowlegs & Semipalmated Sandpipers are in fact a Solitary & Least Sandpipers. I have been watching those mud flats for a week now & the same birds have always been there.]

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Wood Duck

Lesser Yellowlegs

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpipers

Solitary Sandpiper

Semi-palmated Sandpipers

Semi-palmated and Solitary Sandpipers

There were a variety of woodland birds as well. We saw lots of Tree and Barn Swallows. Some of the Tree Swallows were molting into adult plumage.

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Savannah Sparrow

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Tree Swallow

We ended today's trip seeing about two dozen Bobolinks, and female Dickcissels bringing food to their fledglings.




Not a bad outing for an early August birding trip here in Virginia!

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