Rockfish Valley Trail, VA, 8/5/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Another hot morning here in central Virginia. I went over to the trail, and spent most of the time at the northern end of the Glenthorne Loop trail, and there was more avian activity at this location than there has been for most of the summer. Perhaps the increased vegetative growth on the east side of Reids Creek has contributed to avian activity. I saw 26 species there, and another five species at the southern end of Glenthorne Loop. Just before the end of the downstream trail where it joins with Glenthorne Loop, there was a White-eyed Vireo, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and an American Redstart fliting back and forth between two small trees. Just around the bend I saw my first of two Common Yellowthroats on the trail, and a little farther towards the bog area, but before the first wooden bridge, there were two Yellow Warblers - the first yellow Warblers I have seen on the trail this year.


Scarlet Tanager


Female American Redstart


Common Yellowthroat


Common Yellowthroat


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Yellow Warbler


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Juvenile Chipping Sparrow


Juvenile(?) Song Sparrow


House Wren


House Wren

This morning's bird list:

Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Indigo Bunting
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch
Scarlet Tanager
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Orchard Oriole
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Cowbird



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