The nearby mountains were shrouded in fog, so I decided to hike here in Old Trail. When I left my house a little after 9:00 a.m., the temperature was 72 degrees, and the dew point must have been about the same! It was like hiking in a steam bath. Every time I brought my camera up to my face to take a photo, my glasses fogged up, making photography a challenge. By noon, the temperature was already in the 80s.
But I was able to log 36 avian species, including 6 sparrow species and 5 warbler species, although one of the warbler species is difficult to identify. At the golf course pond, I saw a Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, an immature Pied-billed Grebe, and an Osprey. One shorebird flew away, calling loudly, but I could not see it. It was probably a Killdeer, although its call sounded a bit different to me.
Great Blue Heron
I saw my first of season Savannah Sparrow and first of season White-crowned Sparrows. The WC Sparrows were right on time, as the Virginia Gold Book states that this species should arrive starting on October 10.
Warblers were few and far between.
One of the warblers is difficult to identify. I wasn't able to see its face, but it is bright yellow below with yellow undertail coverts, greenish above, with dark wings without wing-bars, and yellow legs and feet. There are a few warbler species that fit this description, including the rare Connecticut, but from the length of its tail, I would guess that it is a Wilson's Warbler. Other opinions are appreciated.