Rockfish Valley Trail 6/5/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I arrived at the trail at 1:15 this afternoon. Although it was fairly quiet, it was "birdier" than I had expected for a hot and humid June afternoon. An almost continuous light breeze mitigated some of the heat and humidity, and after 1-1/2 hours on the downstream and Glenthorne Loop trails, I had logged 20 avian species.

Most of the birds were common summer species.


Female and male Eastern Bluebirds


Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting


Orchard Oriole


Eastern Kingbird

There were a few good birds as well. I saw a pair of Yellow-breasted Chats near the downstream picnic table. I tried unsucessfully to get both of them in the same photo. This species has nested and bred on the trail every summer for the past several years, so this pair will probably stay on the trail for the summer.


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-breasted Chat

One of the several summer resident White-eyed Vireos was singing on Glenthorne Loop.


White-eyed Vireo


White-eyed Vireo

A pair of Broad-winged Hawks circled above for a few minutes.


Broad-winged Hawks


Broad-winged Hawk



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