Rockfish Valley, VA, 5/18/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Rain during the night ended early, and I was able to go for a morning hike on the Rockfish Valley Trail under dark skies. Although I ended up with 27 avian species there, I didn't see any migrating species. I had time for a short afternoon hike here in Stoney Creek, and added six more avian species to my total for the day.


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Indigo Buntings


Cedar Waxwing


First year male Orchard Oriole


Female Orchard Oriole


Female American Redstart


Male Common Yellowthroat


Red-eyed Vireo


Eastern Meadowlark


Belted Kingfisher with its catch

List of birds seen today on the Rockfish Valley Trail:

American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Redstart
Barn Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Field Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-winged Blackbird
Rock Pigeon
Tree Swallow
White-eyed Vireo

List of additonal avian species seen today in Stoney Creek:

Canada Goose
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse



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