Rockfish Valley Trail 8/27/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

It was hot and muggy when I arrived at the trail at 9:00 this morning. I wanted to see if the Olive-sided Flycatcher was still there, but I didn't see it. I hiked Glenthorne Loop for about an hour and logged 20 species, although avian activity was low. The first major wave of migrating birds has not yet arrived on the trail.

As I was driving to my parking location, I passed an adult Red-shouldered Hawk in the field along the Spruce Creek trail, and then saw a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk at the far south end of Glenthorne Loop. A Red-tailed Hawk was circling near the first wooden bridge on the east side of Reids Creek. The most interesting birds this morning were two male Northern Flickers. The adult was feeding the juvenile.


Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Great Blue Heron


Scarlet Tanagers


Northern Flickers



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