Rockfish Valley, VA, 3/15-18/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

March 15

An American Toad was hanging out at our basement door.

American Toad

American Toad

March 16

I didn't have time to do any birding, but a male Pileated Woodpecker was in our yard.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

March 18

I went over to the Rockfish Valley Trail this morning and saw 20 avian species there. Many of the birds were gathering nesting materials.

Female Eastern Towhee

Male Eastern Towhee

Female Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

Tree Swallow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

I saw my Rockfish Valley first of the season (FOS) Brown Thrasher (saw one last week in Newport News).

Brown Thrasher

I drove just to the south of the trail onto School House Lane where I saw a pair of Belted Kingfishers three days ago. There were three of them today. I have often seen two Kingfishers together, but I think that this was the first time I have seen three together. There was one male, one female, and I couldn't determine the sex of the third one.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

I did short hike when I got back to Stoney Creek, and added four new species to the day's total.

Pine Warbler

Pied-billed Grebe

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