Rockfish Valley Trail 3/27/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Bright skies this morning, but a brisk north wind had brought sub-freezing temperatures overnight. I did not expect to see any new migrating birds this morning because of the north wind, but I still managed to see 29 species in spite of not seeing a few of the common ones. Highlight of the morning was a male and a female American Kestrel in the fenced field on the upstream trail. I tried to give them directions to the new kestrel box, but I couldn't get close enough to draw them a map :-) I think that it is now safe to assume that we have a breeding pair of kestrels on the trail.

Red-tailed Hawk

Cedar Waxwings - "So, do you think that they are any good?"

Cedar Waxwings - "Yum!"

Female Belted Kingfisher

Male Belted Kingfisher with its breakfast

Male American Kestrel

Female American Kestrel

Female American Kestrel

Male and female American Kestrels

This morning's list (29 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Chipping Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Goldfinch
Northern Mockingbird
Rock Pigeon

Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Blue Jay

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