Central Virginia, 9/1-2/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Hot and muggy weather has returned to Virginia, but warblers and other migrating birds have started to come through the area.

Ridgeview Park; Waynesboro, Virginia; September 1

Ridgeview Park was a great place to see migrating warblers during fall migration last year, but it must have been a bit early this year. I only logged 10 avian species in the park this morning, and not a single warbler.


Common Grackle


Downy Woodpecker

Blue Ridge Parkway; September 1

The parkway was fairly quiet up to my first stop at the cirque between mm.7 and mm.8. But there was a bit more activity there. Some of the usual summer birds were joined by at least one Blackburnian Warbler and two Tennessee Warblers.


Blackburnian Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Tennessee Warbler


Eastern Wood-Pewee


Common Raven

I made another stop at Hickory Springs Overlook (mm.12), where I got quick looks at another Tennessee Warbler and a Chestnut-sided Warbler.


American Goldfinches


Eastern Wood-Pewee


Eastern Phoebe


Juvenile Eastern Towhees


White-breasted Nuthatch

Rockfish Valley Trail; September 1

I stopped at the trail late morning on my way home. It wasn't very "birdy," and many of the birds I saw were juveniles.


Eastern Wood-Pewee


Juvenile Chipping Sparrow


Juvenile Field Sparrow


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Rockfish Valley Trail; September 2

I decided to reverse the loop I took yesterday, and skip Ridgeview Park. It was already hot and uncomfortable when I got to the trail at 9:00 a.m. The trail was only slightly more "birdy" than it was yesterday late morning.


Juvenile Eastern Meadowlark


Juvenile Eastern Meadowlark


Common Wood Nymph

Blue Ridge Parkway; September 2

Both of my favorite stops on the parkway were fairly quiet, except for a few common species and a pair of Black-throated Blue Warblers at the cirque. Scarlet Tanagers were at both stops. At least it was cooler at the higer elevations than down in the valley.


Black-throated Blue Warblers


Scarlet Tanager



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