Rockfish Valley 6/22-23/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The birds have settled in for the hot and humid summer here. The only really interesting bird sightings that have been posted lately are at least a three hour drive each way, and with the usual daily forecast for chance of rain, I haven't been too keen on making a long drive to search for rarities.

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 6/22/14

I thought that I had a new bug species for our back yard, but this unusual looking bug was a wheel bug nymph, and I already had several photos of adults of this species.

Wheel bug nymph

Wheel bug nymph

Wheel bug nymph

Rockfish Valley Trail 6/23/14

Birding on the trail for the past month or so hasn't been very inspiring, but I did manange to log 26 species in a two hour hike this morning. The highlight was an adult male and an immature male Blue Grosbeak that were perched together on a fence.

Immature male Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeaks

Eastern Kingbird chasing an American Crow

Field Sparrow

Female Indigo Bunting

Male Indigo Bunting

Female Belted Kingfisher

Female Belted Kingfisher

Eastern Meadowlark

Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Bluebird

Sweet nectar

Today's RV trail list:

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Blue Grosbeak
Field Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

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