Rockfish Valley 3/24/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich


It was sunny but cold this morning. The feeder in my back yard was very popular, and in addition to the Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals, White-throated Sparrows, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and White-breasted Nuthatches, one of the two Fox Sparrows that have been at my feeder for the past week was back again.


Fox Sparrow


Fox Sparrow

I went over to the Rockfish Valley Trail, but wasn't able to get there until 11:00. There were lots of sparrows about, but only a few other species. Best birds were a Savannah Sparrow, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, and a flock of six Rusty Blackbirds in the bog area. There were two of them in the bog area four days ago, and it appears that this species is on the move and widely reported here in Virginia.


Savannah Sparrow


Golden-crowned Kinglet


Eastern Towhee


Hermit Thrush


Rusty Blackbird


Rusty Blackbird


Rusty Blackbird


Rusty Blackbird

It appears that the cidery adjacent to the trail is doing some major construction not very far from the downstream Rockfish River section of the trail, and it is unknown how this might affect birding there.

This morning's RV Trail list:

Rock Pigeon
American Crow
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird



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