Rockfish Valley Trail 9/4/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The weather was much more pleasant this morning. Walt Childs and I hiked on the trail for about two hours and logged 33 species. We didn't see any migrating warblers, but added five species to the cumulative species list for September 2013, bringing that total to 49 species. I re-read my blog postings from last September, and it wasn't until the 10th of the month when we started to see lots of warblers on the trail. New September 2013 species seen today were Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harrier, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Towhee, and Baltimore Oriole.

The Eastern Towhee we saw was a female, and it had unusual white wing markings that looked like a wing bar. Perhaps it is a hybrid with a Spotted Towhee? The juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk put on a nice aerial dsiplay for us.


Female Eastern Towhee


Female Eastern Towhee


Female Eastern Towhee


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Female Baltimore Oriole


Female Baltimore Oriole


Sub-adult male Northern Harrier


Sub-adult male Northern Harrier


Eastern Bluebird


Cedar Waxwings


Adult and juvenile Starlings

After I got home, I saw an unusual caterpillar on my garage door. It was a White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar.


White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar


White-marked Tussock Moth caterpillar



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