Rockfish Valley Trail 10/9/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The remnants of tropical storm Karen in the Atlantic Ocean are moving northward, and clouds, rain (tonight and tomorrow), and strong northeasterly winds are being blown into the area. When I arrived at the trail at 9:00, the sky was entirely overcast, but from 9:30 to 10:30 there were broken clouds and a little sunshine.

It was fairly quiet on the trail. Most of the birds I saw were between the downstream picnic table and the bog area, which, except for the past couple of years, has been the primary birding area on the trail. I only saw two warbler species: Black-throated Green and Yellow-rumped. I saw a Red-eyed Vireo, the first one in a couple of weeks. Both of the Kinglets, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned, were seen in multiple locations, and I ended up with 25 species on the trail this morning.


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Red-eyed Vireo


Carolina Wren


Tufted Titmouse


Downy Woodpecker


Belted Kingfisher


Sharp-shinned Hawk

Today's RV Trail list:

Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch




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