Wow! What a day. I started off this morning at the Rockfish Valley Trail to see if any migratory birds were there. I was looking for warblers and raptors, and really wasn't keeping track of all the species I saw, but I can list 33 - probably saw more than that - including 4 warbler species. All of the warblers were in the edge of the bog area just past Yellow Bird Thicket, and I later saw another Magnolia Warbler in the trees near the downstream picnic table.
Great Blue Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk - pair
Blue Grosbeak - I thought they had gone
juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeak
female Blue Grosbeak
I saw a few hummingbirds that are probably Ruby-throated, but they sure have a lot of rufous coloring. If anyone thinks that they are Rufous Hummingbirds, please let me know. Also photographed an unknown bird - any ideas on what it is? The unknown bird was in the vegetation where I saw all of the warblers.
I then headed up to the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, where I saw a couple of hundred hawks, and a very bedraggled juvenile Bald Eagle. We were also amused by a Crow trying to catch a Katydid.
juvenile Cooper's Hawk
juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk
juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk and butterfly
juvenile Bald Eagle
American Crow and Katydid