Highland County, VA 6/20/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I headed northwest this morning to the Allegheny Mountains in Highland County. There was a boldly colored Short-eared Owl photographed yesterday morning about 12 miles south of Monterey, and I wanted to see if I could find it. The Blue Grass Valley north of Monterey often yields some good birds, especially Golden-winged/Blue-winged Warbler hybrids.

My first stop was at the owl site, but no luck. The Blue Grass Valley was fairly quiet, and the only warblers I saw there were Yellow and Yellow-breasted Chat. The best photos were of immature House Wrens that were very vocal.


House Wren


Yellow-breasted Chat


Yellow-breasted Chat


Brown Thrasher


Pileated Woodpecker

After another unsuccessful stop looking for the Short-eared Owl south of Monterey, I made a stop at my friend's place along the Cowpasture River. The only warbler I saw there was a Black & White, but the Baltimore and Orchard Orioles put on a good show. I ended the trip with 32 avian species.


Black & White Warbler


Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


Baltimore Oriole


Orchard Oriole


Orchard Oriole


Baltimore (left) and Orchard (right) Orioles


Brown Thrasher



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