Rockfish Valley Trail, VA, 7/14/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

We had more than an inch of rain overnight, and with thunderstorms forecasted for this afternoon, I didn't think I would get any birding in today. But there was a break in the cloud cover, so I headed over to the Rockfish Valley Trail. I hiked the trail from the parking lot to the south end of Glenthorne Loop and back. It wasn't very "birdy," and I had logged only 16 species on the way to the second wooden bridge, but added 5 more species on the return hike for a total of 21 avian species.

There were quite a few juvenile birds out, including at least three juvenile Orchard Orioles (pink bill) along with their mama.


Orchard Oriole


Orchard Oriole


Orchard Oriole


Orchard Oriole


Juvenile male Indigo Bunting with papa in the background


Juvenile (pinkish bill ?) female American Redstart


Juvenile (pinkish bill ?) female American Redstart


Eastern Bluebird


Swallowtail butterflies



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