Wintergreen Area 4/12/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The northerly winds started to subside here in my Wintergreen area, so I first headed over to the Rockfish Valley Trail. It was fairly quiet. Many of the smaller birds that forage in tall grasses were either few in number or not there, most likely as a result of the recent loss of habitat along the trail. I did manage to see 25 species there. The most exciting part of this trail today was watching some American Crows harass a Red-tailed Hawk, and a Northern Harrier flying low over fields looking for breakfast.

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Harrier

I then drove along Rhue Hollow Rd. a little south of the Rockfish Valley Trail where I added a Turkey Vulture and an Eastern Phoebe to my morning list. After returning to Stoney Creek here in Wintergreen, I added a Pied-billed Grebe and NRW Swallows on Lake Monocan, a Carolina Chickadee and Dark-eyed Junco in wooded areas, and the Red-shouldered Hawk nesting in my back yard to bring this morning's list to 32. One of the Phobes that is nesting under my deck posed for a photo.

Pied-billed Grebe

NRW Swallow

Eastern Phoebe

This morning's list (32 species):

Pied-billed Grebe
Tree Swallow
NRW Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Crow
Canada Goose
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Phoebe
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture

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