Central Virginia, 6/17-20/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks continue to call to each other off and on all day long in our yard or near our house in Stoney Creek (Wintergreen).


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

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Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

We had severe storms with strong winds last Thursday evening, and on Friday evening I spotted this Hooded Merganser (female or immature male) in the pond behind our house. Although I see this species quite often here in the spring and autumn, they are rare here in the summer. Perhaps the strong winds blew this one from the Great Lakes all the way to Virginia!


Hooded Merganser


Hooded Merganser


Hooded Merganser

I did some birding yesterday morning on the Rockfish Valley Trail. It was fairly quiet, and I ened up with 17 avian species there.


White-eyed Vireo checking the underside of leaves for insects


Orchard Oriole

I went up to the Blue Ridge Parkway this morning, but mowers and motorcycles interfered with birding. I did see/hear American Redstarts and Cerulean Warblers, and did get a few quick photos of the unidentified warbler below. It has whitish wing-bars, not much of a tail, dark eye-line, and light bluish gray-green coloring. I wonder if it is a Cerulean Warbler fledling, as I saw it at Hickory Springs Overlook (mm 12) where this species nests.


Warbler



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