Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 4/5/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Blue Ridge Parkway (4/4/15)

Alice and I headed up to the Humpback Rocks pioneer farm and the nearby parking lot at the trail start to look for Woodcocks after the sun set (~7:30 p.m.). We saw a pretty sunset, and deer came out after the sun went down, but we didn't see any Woodcocks. By 8:00 it was fairly dark, and it was cold and windy, so we headed for home.


Mountain sunset


Deer at pioneer farm

As we drove along the parkway to route 250, we saw the rising moon that was a brilliant orange color because of its being low in the sky.


Moon

Stoney Creek (4/5/15)

I took a short hike in the morning and another one in the afternoon, and saw 33 avian species here. The highlights were some FOS (first-of-season) birds for me - an early season Blue-headed Vireo gathering nesting materials, Chipping Sparrow, and two species that I have already seen elsewhere this year, but not here in Stoney Creek: Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Borwn-headed Cowbird.


Blue-headed Vireo


Blue-headed Vireo


Blue-headed Vireo


Chipping Sparrow


Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Hermit Thrush


Field Sparrow


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Yellow-rumped Warbler

A Common Raven that looked like it had been in a street fight was being harassed by a couple of crows.


Common Raven


Common Raven and American Crow

Today's list:

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Common Raven
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle



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