Rockfish Valley Trail 9/30/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Finally, there was some decent fall avian activity on the trail. I arrived at 8:45, parked just off route 627 on Glenthorne Loop, and was immediately greeted by a Palm Warbler. I spent the next 45 minutes hiking the east side of Reids Creek down to private property boundary wire and back to the first wooden bridge, and saw 26 species, including five additional warblers: Wilson's, Tennessee, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and Common Yellowthroat.

I spent another half hour across the wooden bridge on the west side of Reids Creek, but only added two more species, before heading up to the Blue Ridge Parkway where the was very little avian activity.


Palm Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Wilson's Warbler


Common Yellowthroat


Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Magnolia Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Pileated Woodpecker


Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Indigo Bunting (Stoney Creek 9/29)

The Tennessee Warbler was the 76th avian species on the trail this month, and the 14th warbler species. But this total was nowhere close to the whopping 108 species (25 warblers) that we had on the trail last September (2012).   Click here to see the September 2013 trail list.



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