It was partly sunny, hot, and humid this morning. There were occasional rumbles of thunder coming from the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. With the forecast of thunderstorms, I hiked here in Old Trail, and logged 33 avian species in about 2-1/2 hours. I didn't see or hear any Yellow Warblers. We had three a few months ago, and I saw one two days ago. All the Yellow Warblers I have seen here this year have been males, and I wonder if they have moved on to look for mates elsewhere. I heard the Blue Grosbeak where I had seen it during the past week, but did not see it today.
Carolina Wren gathering nesting material
Female Red-winged Blackbird
This is the time of year when juveniles are starting to be out and about.
Juvenile Field Sparrow
I saw a lone bird in the soccer field. My first impression was juvenile Starling, but then I noticed dark lores and a hint of some blue and some green feathers, so I doubted my first impression. It was a juvenile Starling that was starting to molt into its adult plumage.
I hadn't checked this year to see if Barn Swallows were nesting again under the passage way between the town center parking lot and Golf Drive, so I took a look.
Barn Swallow in nest