Rockfish Valley Trail 2/28/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Although I only logged 24 species on the trail this morning, it was an exceptional wildlife photo day - bright sunshine, only a little wind, and the birds were enjoying the nice weather. I thought that it might be a great day on the trail, as there were a pair of Downy Woodpeckers on a tree next to my car as soon as I arrived at 9:00. But the number of birds was not great.

Except for a nice sized flock of Cedar Waxwings at the southern end of the Glenthorne Loop trail, and occasional small flocks of sparrows/juncos, there were only a few birds every once in a while, with some long stretches of my two to three mile hike where I did not see much. After one hour I had 23 species, and did not add a new species during the next 30 minutes.

Downy Woodpeckers

Northern Mockingbird

Song Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-tailed Hawk

Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Bluebird pretending it was a trail marker

We don't see very many ducks on the trail, but this morning there was a pair of Mallards on the small Glenthorne Loop pond.

Male Mallard

Female Mallard

My 24th species on the morning came when I decided to walk upstream a bit, and I am glad that I did. I was lucky enough to get one of my "best ever" photos of a Red-shouldered Hawk.

Red-shouldered Hawk

This morning's list (24 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Rock Pigeon
Eastern Meadowlark
Turkey Vulture
White-throated Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Carolina Wren
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk

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