Rockfish Valley Trail 10/15/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

We had 3.5+ inches of rain here since yesterday morning, with most of it since late last night. By the time the rain ended around 12:30 p.m. today, I figured that the birds would be hungry and out during the afternoon. I got to the Rockfish Valley Trail around 1:00, and in a little more than 2 hours had 32 avian species, including 10 sparrow species. The downstream and Glenthorne Loop (up to the bog area) trails were loaded with sparrows. I also saw three warbler species, including my first-of-season Yellow-rumped Warbler, a flock of Eastern Meadowlarks, and late-season Indigo Buntings and a White-eyed Vireo.


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


White-throated Sparrow


White-crowned Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Dark-eyed Junco


Palm Warbler


Palm Warbler


Palm Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Common Yellowthroat


White-eyed Vireo


Indigo Buntings


Eastern Meadowlark


Eastern Phoebe


Red-shouldered Hawk

This afternoon's RV Trail list:

Red-shouldered Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco



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