Rockfish Valley Trail 12/6/10

I haven't been to the trail for almost two weeks, so I thought it would be good to see what was there. I first stopped at a nearby agricultural field to look for pipits and larks, but all I saw was a flock of pigeons and a few crows.

I got to the trail around 9:30. The temperature was in the high 20s/low 30s, and the brisk wind stung my face like hundreds of small needles, until my cheeks were so numb that my face was just cold. Most of the birds were either hunkered down or trying to catch some of the early morning rays of sunlight to get warm. Although they were surely around, this is the first time in a long time that I did not see a single Bluebird on the trail. However, 15 species of some of the trail's common winter birds did brave the cold wind for me to photograph.

Northern Cardinals

Northern Mockingbird

American Goldfinch and Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Field Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

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