Crozet, VA 12/12/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

It was another sunny, cold morning. Walt Childs and I headed over to Crozet, Virginia, to see what lake and shore birds might be there. On the way, we saw two Red-shouldered Hawks.


Red-shouldered Hawk

Our first stop was at Lickinghole Creek Reservoir. The reservoir was disappointing - all we saw there were two Killdeers and one Wilson's Snipe. However, the trees and vegetation around the reservoir were filled with birds, and by the time we left there, we had 25 avian species on the day's trip. There seemed to be Carolina Wrens everywhere, and they are really beautiful this time of year.


Carolina Wren


Brown Creeper


Brown Creeper


Hermit Thrush


Hermit Thrush


Fish Crow


Fish Crow


White-breasted Nuthatch


Wilson's Snipe


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Yellow-rumped Warbler

Beaver Lake yielded only some Canada Geese, a Pied-billed Grebe, an Eastern Bluebird, and some Dark-eyed Juncos. We saw a pair of Ruddy Ducks at the Old Trail pond, and nothing at King Family Vineyards. Where have all the ducks gone? We finished the trip with 33 species.


Pied-billed Grebe


Ruddy Duck



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