Rockfish Valley Trail; Blue Ridge Parkway 5/7/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I spent a few hours this afternoon searching locally for migrating and summer resident warblers.

The Rockfish Valley Trail was fairly quiet. The best birds were a pair of White-eyed Vireos - one in Yellow Bird Thicket and one in the bog area calling to each other. I did see a Yellow-breasted Chat in Yellow Bird Thicket. This warbler species normally spends the summer months on the trail. I saw a first summer male Orchard Oriole that was starting to get its adult plumage.


Yellow-breasted Chat


White-eyed Vireo


White-eyed Vireo


White-eyed Vireo


Tree Swallow


Red-eyed Vireo


Eastern Kingbird


Orchard Oriole

I made stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Hickory Springs, the mm.7.5 cirque, and at the Humpback Rocks visitor center. American Redstarts and Cerulean Warblers were at all three locations, and Scarlet Tanagers were at the last two stops. I also saw a Canada Warbler and a Black & White Warbler at the cirque, but all in all, it was a fairly quiet afternoon for birding.


American Redstart


American Redstart


American Redstart


American Redstart


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Canada Warbler


Canada Warbler


Canada Warbler


Black & White Warbler


Black & White Warbler


Cerulean Warbler



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