Central Virginia 8/27/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs and I did some birding fairly close to our homes, but even though we ended up with 31 avian species, it wasn't "birdy" anywhere we went.

Rockfish Valley Trail

We started out this morning on the Rockfish Valley Trail, and saw 18 species there. An Eastern Phoebe was all fluffed up and perched on a tree branch, and it looked huge! Best bird there was a White-eyed Vireo, but we only heard it.

Eastern Phoebe

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Monarch Butterfly

Piney River Trail

Neither of us had been to the Piney River Depot of the Blue Ridge Railway. This old rail line was converted several years ago to a hiking/biking trail. We hiked about one mile in and back to the depot and saw eight additional species there. Best bird was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and I photographed a bird in flight that looked to be a Great Crested Flycatcher.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

American Kestrel

Great Crested Flycatcher

Blue Ridge Parkway

We took route 56 up past Crabtree Falls to the parkway, and stopped at a few places along the way to the northern end of the parkway. It was very quiet, but we did add another five avian species to the day's list.

Scarlet Tanager

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

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