Rockfish Valley 11/22-23/14

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 11/22/14

It was sunny, but quite cold and windy this morning, so I decided to stay close to home. I didn't see a lot of birds on my short hike, but was surprised to see a Brown Thrasher here. They are commonly seen from spring until early fall, but are fairly rare here after October 25th.

Brown Thrasher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Rockfish Valley Trrail 11/23/14

I headed over to the Rockfish Valley Trail mid-morning. The skies were completely overcast ahead of the approaching rain. The trail wasn't very "birdy," but I did manage to log 18 avian species and one white-tailed deer. Highlights were a pair of Rusty Blackbirds and a flock of 50+ Cedar Waxwings. Lowlight was being approached by a barking Pit Bull that was running loose off of its leash. Its owner called off the dog, and said, "Don't worry. It's friendly; just scared." A whole lot of thoughts raced through my mind, but the only one that I will repeat here was, "Those two adjectives apply to me as well." :-)

Rusty Blackbirds

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Cedar Waxwings

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Field Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

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