Central Virginia 2/2-6/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 2/2/14

Two Redheads were swimming in Lake Monocan. Most of the lake was frozen, so the ducks were constrained to a small area of water near the edge of the lake, and I was able to get some good close-up photos.


Redhead


Redhead


Redhead


Redhead


Redheads


Redhead

Shenandoah Valley 2/6/14

Walt Childs and I headed over to the pond next to the Eagles Nest airport in Waynesboro after reading postings of a White-winged Scoter (my life bird # 523). The Scoter was still there, along with a male Bufflehead and three Greater Scaup ducks.


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


White-winged Scoter


Greater Scaup


Greater Scaups


Greater Scaup and Bufflehead


Greater Scaup

We then headed over to the Fishersville quarry, but had to stay far away and observe from high above the quarry. We saw one American Coot, one Horned Grebe, some Redheads, and some Canvasbacks.


Canvasbacks

From there, we headed north to look for the Snowy Owl near Mt. Crawford, but could not locate it. We headed south to Swoope, where we were suprised to see not a single bird on Smith Lake. We saw lots of Red-tailed Hawks during the entire day's trip and American Kestrels in Swoope. Our last stop was in Stuart's Draft where we saw a few sparrows and a lone Horned Lark. We made a short stop on Shalom Road to see what was in the Heston Farm pond - more Redheads!


Female American Kestrel


Horned Lark


Redheads



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