Rockfish Valley Trail, VA, 5/11/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Rain during the night and into this morning was followed by threatening dark skies all afternoon. I went over to the Rockfish Valley Trail in the afternoon to see if any warblers might have taken refuge there. Although I ended up with 28 avian species, although the only warbler I found there today was a summer resident Common Yellowthroat. Many of the birds had wet feathers, and this gave some of the birds an unusual appearance as they fluffed up and tried to dry out.

I did see an unusual Myiarchus flycatcher. The only flycatcher of this genus normally here in Virginia is a Great Crested Flycatcher, but this bird did not appear to have the normal rufous in its wings and tail. Perhaps it was just wet, or had subdued appearance under the dark skies, was a juvenile bird, or ?? Any thoughts on this bird would be appreciated.


Myiarchus flycatcher


Myiarchus flycatcher


Adult and first year male Orchard Orioles


Eastern Kingbird


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Eastern Bluebird


Red-bellied Woodpecker


Indigo Bunting


Cedar Waxwings showing courtship food sharing

List of birds seen and/or heard:

American Crow
American Goldfinch
Blue Grosbeak
Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Field Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Great Crested Flycatcher
Indigo Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Orchard Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-winged Blackbird
Tree Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture



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