Rockfish Valley Trail 2/21/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

It was cold under mostly bright skies when I arrived at the trail around 9:15 this morning. There was a slight breeze, and most of the area still had a thin layer of snow; however, most of the snow on the walking areas of the trail had melted away. Some sections of the trail had no birds, while other places had lots of birds. Seemed like the birds were more common where there was direct sunlight on them.

By 10:30 clouds had covered the sky, and the breeze had gotten quite windy making the chill more than I wanted to put up with, so I headed back to my car at the main kiosk, disappointed that I was 1 species shy of my 20 species target. But no matter, when I got to my car, I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk in the sky far away at the west end of the upstream trail, and it circled and then did a fly-by to make my 20th species for the morning.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Male and female Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Female Pileated Woodpecker

Female Northern Cardinal

Female Belted Kingfisher

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

This morning's list (20 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Rock Pigeon
Turkey Vulture
White-throated Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Mockingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
House Finch
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Belted Kingfisher

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