Central Virginia 10/7-8/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I debated with myself whether or not to even post this report, but in the interest of full disclosure, decided that I needed to post poor results as well as the good ones.

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 10/7

It drizzled in the early morning, so I waited until late morning to do a hike here under cloudy skies. I was happy to see 20 avian species, most of them near the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, that included 4 warbler species: Pine, Magnoloa, Black-throated Green, and Common Yellowthroat; a Swainson's Thrush; and a first-of-season White-throated Sparrow.

Magnolia Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

White-throated Sparrow

Carolina Chickadee

Belted Kingfisher

Rockfish Valley Trail 10/8

It rained more than 1-1/2 inches overnightr, but it was sunny in the morning. Perhaps there had been a fallout of migrating birds, and there would be lots to see??

I found just the opposite. Only 11 species on the trail. The best bird was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Lickinghole Creek 10/8

Maybe there would be more birds in Crozet?? Again, only 11 avian species, bringing my two-day total to only 25. Best birds were a Green Heron and a couple of Killdeers.

Green Heron

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 10/8

I got back home a little after noon, and headed back to the nature preserve. I only logged six species. Oh well, perhaps there will be more birds tomorrow.

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