Rockfish Valley Trail 3/21/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Thin clouds combined with fog made for a solid gray sky, but there was plenty of avian activity on the trail this morning. I arrived around 9:00, and had logged 19 species on the downstream trail before reaching the picnic table. I then added another 13 species farther downstream and on the Glenthorne Loop trail, and finished with 4 additional species hiking upstream to the park benches, including my first-of-year Louisiana Waterthrush and my FOY chipping Sparrow, bringing my morning total to 36 species.

Other highlights included a male and a female American Kestrel at the end of the downstream trail, two Swamp Sparrows, and lots of birds gathering nesting materials.

Carolina Wren welcoming me to the trail

Starling gathering nesting materials

Red-tailed Hawk

Female American Kestrel

Male American Kestrel and female Flicker

First year White-throated Sparrow showing dark juvenile flank barring

Swamp Sparrow

Another Swamp Sparrow

Turkey Vulture drying its wings

Northern Mockingbirds chasing each other

Belted Kingfisher with its breakfast

Great Blue Heron with nesting materials

Rock Pigeons nesting under route 151 bridge

Pale American Robin

Chipping Sparrow

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Tree Swallow

This morning's list (36 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Meadowlark
Great Blue Heron
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Mockingbird
Rock Pigeon
Canada Goose
American Robin
Eastern Phoebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
Red-tailed Hawk

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