Crozet, VA 12/12/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

It was another sunny, cold morning. Walt Childs and I headed over to Crozet, Virginia, to see what lake and shore birds might be there. On the way, we saw two Red-shouldered Hawks.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Our first stop was at Lickinghole Creek Reservoir. The reservoir was disappointing - all we saw there were two Killdeers and one Wilson's Snipe. However, the trees and vegetation around the reservoir were filled with birds, and by the time we left there, we had 25 avian species on the day's trip. There seemed to be Carolina Wrens everywhere, and they are really beautiful this time of year.

Carolina Wren

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Fish Crow

Fish Crow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wilson's Snipe

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Beaver Lake yielded only some Canada Geese, a Pied-billed Grebe, an Eastern Bluebird, and some Dark-eyed Juncos. We saw a pair of Ruddy Ducks at the Old Trail pond, and nothing at King Family Vineyards. Where have all the ducks gone? We finished the trip with 33 species.

Pied-billed Grebe

Ruddy Duck

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