Rockfish Valley Trail, VA, 8/3/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The muggy, hot weather has returned to central Virginia. I went over to the trail this morning to see if there was any new activity. I spent most of the time at the southern end of the Glenthorne Loop trail, and there was a bit more avian activity at this location than there has been for most of the summer. I saw 16 species there. The highlight was a female Scarlet Tanager out with two of her little ones. One of the youngsters needs to see an orthodontist :-)


Two Scarlet Tanagers


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Female American Redstart


Female American Redstart


Eastern Bluebird


Carolina Wren


Eastern Kingbird

I drove down to the north end of Glenthorne Loop, and a short hike there added four more avian species to this morning's list. I then walked down to the Elk Hill Baptist Church. The east field across from it has been set aside as an environmental area, and the vegetation is getting tall and dense enough to support some warblers during migration. I will keep an eye on this area to see if does in fact attract migrating birds. As I was getting ready to head for home, a large dragonfly landed next to my car.


Field Sparrow


Dragonfly


Dragonfly

This morning's bird list:

Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
American Redstart
Northern Cardinal
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Field Sparrow
American Goldfinch



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