Rockfish Valley Trail 11/22/10

After yesterday's late afternoon walk in Stoney Creek looking for migrating waterfowl and the only animal of interest I saw was a bat flying over Sawmill Creek pond #3, I thought I would try the trail this afternoon to look for any unusual species. I am still trying to find American Pipits, American Tree Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Horned Larks, and any of the owls that might be seen on the trail.

It was an unusual late November afternoon here - there was were light to moderate southwest winds, and it was 71 degrees when I arrived a little before 3:00 p.m. However, by 4:30, and after hiking almost 3 miles, I didn't see many birds on the trail - only 12 species, and most of the birds I saw were Bluebirds:

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
American Crow

Carolina Chickadee
Cedar Waxwing
Turkey Vulture
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco


Little Brown(?) Bat

Little Brown(?) Bat

Little Brown(?) Bat

Seems like mornings on the trail and in Stoney Creek this time of year may be better than late afternoons.

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