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.


Bobolinks


Dickcissel


Dickcissel

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



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