Central Virginia, 3/13-14/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

There has been off and on light rain and drizzle for the past two days. I stayed close to home on Sunday (3/13), and saw a pair of Wood Ducks in the pond behind our house, and a few other nearby species.


Male Wood Duck


Female Wood Duck


Turkey Vulture


Turtle

We had a meeting in Crozet this afternoon (3/14), so I made a quick stop at Lickinghole Creek Reservoir after the meeting. It wasn't very "birdy," but I did log about a dozen species. There was a Black Swan in the reservoir - almost certainly an escaped bird, and I recall that there were reports of a Black Swan there a few months ago. This is not a North American species, and the only place I have seen them in the wild was in Australia. The swan I saw today did not appear to have its white flight feathers. Perhaps it is molting. I have included below one of the Black Swan photos that I took in Australia for comparison.


Black Swan (Lickinghole Creek Reservoir)


Black Swan (Lickinghole Creek Reservoir)


Black Swan (Lickinghole Creek Reservoir)


Black Swan (Lickinghole Creek Reservoir)


Black Swan (Australia)



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