Shenandoah Valley and Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 3/11/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The weather was perfect - the birding wasn't so great today. I drove up to a few usually good birding locations in the Shenandoah Valley near Harrisonburg, VA. At Leonard's Pond I only saw three Green-winged Teal, a small flock of Killdeer, and a few Canada Geese. There were lots of Starlings everywhere I drove. At Lake Shenandoah, all I saw were three Mallards, more Starlings, and a few Cardinals. Only saw Canada Geese at Lake Campbell.

Green-winged Teal




On the way home, I stopped at the Great Blue Heron Rookery off of Sangers Lane near Staunton, VA. This was more successful, as I saw 16 herons and 12 nests.

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Great Blue Heron Rookery

Back in Stoney Creek, there are still Pine Warblers in the small pine forest at the end of my street, and nine Ring-necked Ducks were in Sawmill Creek pond #6. Curiously, I have been seeing Ring-necked Ducks here every day for about a week now, and there have always been two females for each male: one male plus two females; two males plus four females; or three males plus six females.

Pine Warbler

Ring-necked Ducks

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