Rockfish Valley Trail 10/6/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I arrived at the trail at 9:00 this morning. The temperature was already in the low to mid-60s when I got there, with high 80s forecasted for later today. I hiked along the east side of Reids Creek during the first half-hour, and logged 19 avian species. I then crossed the first wooden bridge to the west side of the creek, and added another four species in the next half-hour. It was already getting quite warm, and I think that some of the birds were hunkered down trying to keep cool. I spent the last 30 minutes back on the east side of Reids Creek, adding four more species to today's total of 27.

Highlights included four sparrow species: Field, Song, Swamp, and Lincoln's; two warbler species (one each): Magnolia and Palm; and some good views of a juvenile White-eyed Vireo. Forecasted rain for tonight and tomorrow are supposed to usher in cooler temperatures from the northwest, and perhaps some more migrating birds.

Magnolia Warbler

Palm Warbler

Field Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Carolina Wren

Carolina Chickadee

Juvenile White-eyed Vireo

Juvenile White-eyed Vireo

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Phoebe

Northern Cardinal

Northern Mockingbird



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