Rockfish Valley Trail 5/1/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich

The early morning sunshine had turned into heavy, low clouds by the time I arrived at the trail at 8:40. The wet grass soon saturated my "not-so-waterproof" waterproof boots, but as I sloshed around, I was still able to spot 35 species. I ran into a couple of birders from Lynchburg, VA (about 45 miles away). They had been here yesterday for the guided walk, and came back to look for the Black-billed Cuckoo seen yesterday, confirming one of my unidentifed birds from Friday morning. As I was talking to them, a White-eyed Vireo landed only a few feet away to say hello. Here's this morning's list:

Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

Northern Mockingbird
Blue Jay
Eastern Towhee
American Crow

Eastern Bluebird
American Goldfinch
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rock Pigeon
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe

Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Broad-winged Hawk

Brown Thrasher
Indigo Bunting
Common Yellowthroat
Cedar Waxwing

Canada Goose

Carolina Wren

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

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