After several days of high 90s and high humidity here in the mid-Atlantic area, a cold storm front moved through the area last night and dropped the temperatures about 10 degrees, so I went to the Rockfish Valley Trail this morning to see what was there.
Got to the main trail kiosk a little late (9:10), walked the downstream trail and then Glenthorne Loop to the bog area, and then returned to the kiosk about 10:10. I then walked the upstream trail to the park benches, but it was getting hot (low 80's), so I turned back and headed home. There were a number of birds on the trail, including lots of juvenile Bluebirds and a couple of kettles of Black and Turkey Vultures - one of the kettles had 50+ vultures in it, and a smaller kettle also had a Red-shouldered Hawk in the mix. There are a number of Locust trees along Glenthorne Loop near the first wooden bridge that must have grown 5 to 10 feet in the past couple of weeks - wonder what species they will entice to the trail?
Black and Turkey Vultures
All in all, I counted 21 species in a little more than one hour, including hearing American Goldfinches and a Red-eyed Vireo in the trees, but I did not see them. Notably missing this morning were some of the other summer regulars: Belted Kingfishers, House Finches, Orchard Orioles, Starlings, Cowbirds, House Wrens, Eastern Kingbirds, Pewees, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, NRW Swallows, Yellow Warblers and Common Yellowthroats, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, Robins, Gnatcatchers, Cedar Waxwings, Towhees, Catbirds, Meadowlarks, and any of the six summer Woodpeckers that are normally there - probably too hot by the time I got there, and they were hunkered down in cooler areas. Also saw a Green Heron on a power line - first time I have ever seen one perched on a wire. Here's my list from this morning:
Tree, Barn Swallow
Chipping, Field, Song Sparrows
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Phoebe and Bluebird
Great Blue Heron
Indigo Bunting female
Red-Shouldered Hawk and Black Vulture