There was heavy rain here in Virginia of the 15th, and Walt Childs and I wanted to see if there might be a "fall-out" of migrating birds that may have settled in the area to wait out the storm. We ended up driving a lot, and birding all day, to see only a few birds.
We started out on the Rockfish Valley Trail, but only saw 17 species there - really poor for the middle of May. Most of the birds were common summer residents, and we had brief views of two warbler species: American Redstart and Yellow-breasted Chat.
Then we made several stops along the first 14 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We saw several American Redstarts, heard some Cerulean Warblers, and saw a few other species such as Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
The next stop was the Augusta Springs Wetlands. The ground was under water up to the board walk in places, but once again, there were only a few birds there. Walt got a quick view of a Magnolia Warbler. We heard a bird sounding an unusual call - it was a Green Heron.
Female Indigo Bunting
Our last stop of the day was in the Swoope area southwest of Staunton. There were a pair of Spotted Sandpipers and one Least Sandpiper at Smith Lake. We saw our fifth warbler species of the day - a Yellow Warbler, and we saw a Vesper Sparrow perched on a post as we were leaving the area.