Walt Childs and I headed out this morning to look for migrating warblers in southern Albemarle and Nelson Counties. Our first stop was at Warren Ferry, and we immediately heard and saw a Yellow Warbler singing high up in one of the trees. We saw a few other birds there as well, and heard a second and unidentified warbler that we could not locate. Its song was different from that of the Yellow Warbler.
Our next stop was Hatton Ferry, but there wasn't much avian activity there to see, so we only stayed for a few minutes and then left for Totier Creek Park with its 66 acre reservoir. The habitat seemed as though it should have supported lots of avian species, but we only saw a few birds. We did see lots of turtles! I had a close encounter with a vireo that flew away soon after I took a few photos of it, and the warbler started singing deep in a nearby tree. The photos were strongly backlit, and I couldn't see much detail other than its olive color, but its song sounded like a Warbling Vireo. However, after processing the photos, I now believe that it was a Red-eyed Vireo.
After a quick lunch, we headed to the home of some friends in Shipman where we saw lots of birds at their feeders and in nearby wooded areas.
We stopped at a few more locations in Shipman, the best of which was the Laurel Road bridge over the Rockfish River. I saw a Cliff Sparrow flying near the bridge, and there was a partial mud nest under the bridge, but I couldn't tell if it were a new or old nest. A pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were foraging around their nest in a nearby tree, and I was lucky when a Common Yellowthroat landed on a tree stump just a few feet in front of me.
Walt and I ended up with 40 avian species for the day, and I took a quick hike here in stoney Creek when I got home, and added three more species: Carolina Chickadee, Song Sparrow, and Brown Thrasher.
Walt's and my list from today: