It had been 10 days since my last birding activity, and I thought that I would go to the trail this morning. When I arrived at 8:50, the temperature was still in the high 30s and there was a light breeze, but the sky was sunny. However, the change back to standard time meant that the sun was an hour higher in the sky this morning than it was at this time of day last week, and although there was a lot of avian activity on the trail, it was mostly sparrows.
I hiked for only one hour, heading downstream first, taking Glenthorne Loop to the bog area, returning to the Rockfish River trail head, and then hiking upstream to the benches and then back. I ended up with 26 species, although there were certainly more species on the trail that I most likely would have seen on a longer hike. The variation in the plumage of Song Sparrows never ceases to amaze me.
Great Blue Heron
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