I hadn't been to the Lickinghole Creek and Basin, and adjacent Crozet Connector Trail, for quite a while, and wanted to see if there might be waterfowl in the basin and eagles at the nest. Warm temperatures and suuny skies had melted Saturday's snow, but a lot of the trail there was still muddy. Af first, I was very disappointed. I didn't see any ducks, geese, or shorebirds all the way around the basin to the dam, and only saw two Canada Geese fly in on my return around the basin. I didn't see any activity at the Bald Eagle nest, but when processing my photos, I could see the head of an adult Bald Eagle low in the nest, presumably sitting on eggs. I did see that a lot of the wooded area on the east side of the basin has been cut down for new housing construction. It's getting harder and harder to find good wildlife habitat here in Crozet.
The highlight of my outing was seeing two Rusty Blackbirds foraging in the marshy area near the wooden bridge.
Nearby, there was a Swamp Sparrow with unclear facial features. Perhaps it was wet, or perhaps molting. I saw a White-breasted Nuthatch foraging on the ground - unusual for me to see as they are usually seen climbing down the side of a tree.
I ended up with 27 avian species in about two hours.
Adult Red-shouldered Hawk
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk
This morning's list: