Rockfish Valley Trail 10/16/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I arrived at the trail this morning at 8:30, and the fog was like pea soup over the entire trail. The fog had condensed on spider webs, creating quite a spectacular scene, and the condensation on the webs was very helpful, as I was able to see and then knock down about 30 of them across the trail paths without walking into them first.

By the end of the first hour, the fog was patchy, and finally cleared. After two hours it was getting cloudy, and the trail was mostly quiet. However, during those two hours, as the fog dissipated in areas of the trail, and sunshine illuminated the vegetation, lots of birds came out to feed. I saw mostly sparrows, ending up with 28 species. I only had eight sparrow species this morning, but saw four other species that I had not seen on the trail yesterday afternoon.

Song Sparrows

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Carolina Chickadee

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Palm Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Phoebe

Northern Cardinal

Great Blue Heron

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