Swoope, VA 7/4/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs and I headed out to Swoope this morning - the skies were clear, the temperature was in the upper 60s, and the humidity was significantly lower. There was a good breeze, and the weather was a delightful change from what was in Virginia for the past week.

We had some good birds right off the start as we drove along Hewitt Road, and ended the trip with 32 avian species.


Red-headed Woodpecker


Red-headed Woodpecker


Cliff Swallow


Immature Cliff Swallow - note the spotted undertail coverts


Immature Cliff Swallow - note the spotted undertail coverts


Eastern Meadowlark


American Goldfinch

We added seven species at Smith Lake.


Great Blue Heron


Belted Kingfisher


Eastern Kingbird

The highlight of the trip was at Smith Lake - Walt noticed a juvenile Bald Eagle eating a meal (mouse?) on the other side of the lake. The eagle flapped its wings a bit, walked a bit, and then took off and headed towards me.


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle

The eagle flew behind a tree, and then a second juvenile Bald Eagle flew from the same tree.


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle

The first juvenile Bald Eagle re-appeared and headed off with the other one


Juvenile Bald Eagle


Juvenile Bald Eagle

And then an adult Bald Eagle followed them back to the nest.


Adult Bald Eagle


Adult Bald Eagle


Adult Bald Eagle


Adult Bald Eagle

What a great way to celebrate our country's birthday!



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