Central Virginia 11/20/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Thin clouds, light fog, and haze made for a bit of a dreary morning. I headed out to the the Shenandoah Valley to look for hawks, harriers, and pipits around Stuart's Draft, but the atmosphere was worse on the west side of the Blue Ridge and I didn't see very much: one Red-tailed Hawk and some White-crowned Sparrows, Blue Jays, Bluebirds, Mourning Doves, and Starlings.

Red-tailed Hawk

White-crowned Sparrow

After unsuccessful birding in that area, I headed over to the Rockfish Valley Trail. I arrived a little before noon, and in just over one hour had 22 species, giving me 25 species for the day. Highlights included Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, an American Kestrel, a Palm Warbler, and a leucistic Field Sparrow that caught my attention as I first thought it might be a bunting or longspur.

Leucistic Field Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow that made me think of Willie Nelson :-)

Palm Warbler

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

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