Rockfish Valley Trail 3/29/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

3/28/12: I had a meeting at the Rockfish Valley Foundation HQ building from 11 to 1, so I headed over to the trail for a short hike after the meeting. Not too much going on in the heat of early afternoon. Highlight was a pair of Great Blue Herons in flight - the trailing one seemed to be giving instructions to the one in front. Also saw a Bluebird using the new kestrel box as a viewing perch - first operational use of the box, but not its intended use!

Great Blue Herons

Kestrel box

3/29/12: Beautiful morning to be out birding. I had 16 species in the first 15 minutes, but only added 10 more during the next hour and 15 minutes. Several large flocks of Cedar Waxwings were on the trail, with smaller flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds and Cowbirds.

Carolina Wren and Cedar Waxwing

First year Red-winged Blackbird

Kingfisher with its breakfast

Chipping Sparrow

This morning's list (25 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Carolina Wren
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove
American Goldfinch
Rock Pigeon
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Blue Jay
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Meadowlark Cowbird
Eastern Phoebe
Carolina Chickadee

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