Augusta County 11/15/13; Stoney Creek 11/16/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Augusta County 11/15/13

It was another beautiful day to be out with my camera. By the time I got to the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Afton, the overcast skies had become mostly sunny. My target was to check out Lake Smith in Swoope, but there weren't a lot of birds out this day.

I spent a couple of hours in the Swoope area, and only logged 17 species, but did get some good views of a Bald Eagle and a female Belted Kingfisher.


Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle


Female Belted Kingfisher


Female Belted Kingfisher


Female Belted Kingfisher


Killdeer


Song Sparrow


Golden-crowned Kinglet

As I wasn't too far from the Augusta Springs Wetlands, I decided to try my luck there, but only saw 10 species, and added three more to my list for the day.


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Downy Woodpecker


Female Yellow-bellied Sapucker


Male Yellow-bellied Sapucker


Carolina Wrens

I ended my birding day with stops at the usual birding hotspots in Stuart's Draft, and except for a hugh flock of Starlings, only saw a few birds, but four more species, bringing the trip total to 24.

Augusta County list:

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 11/16/13

There was fairly dense fog this morning, so I decided to take a hike here in Stoney Creek. I saw 20 avian species, but not much "to write home about."


Male Hairy Woodpecker


Female Red-bellied Woodpecker



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