Rockfish Valley Trail, VA, 10/18/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The temperature was in the low 30s this morning with scattered frost. I had hoped that the northwesterly winds and cold temperatures would usher in some new birds to the area. It was about 40 degrees when I got to the trail a little after 9:00 a.m. I ended up with only 19 avian species there in about two hours, but saw 6 sparrow species and 3 first-of-season species: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Hairy Woodpecker.


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers


Hairy Woodpecker


Field Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


Gray Catbird and Swamp Sparrow

This morning's bird list:

Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
American Goldfinch



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