Rockfish Valley Trail 6/2/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs led a small but enthusiastic group of birders on the trail this morning, and 33 species were seen. Highlights included Louisiana Waterthrush, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Eastern Kingbird.

When I got home I checked on the Red-shouldered Hawk's nest, and papa was bringing some food to the three chicks, and then made a pass at the top of my head! The chicks have to be close to taking flight lessons.

Female Eastern Bluebird with her breakfast

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Orchard Oriole

Carolina Wren

Red-shouldered Hawk chicks and papa

Red-shouldered Hawk chicks

Red-shouldered Hawk chicks

Red-shouldered Hawk chicks

Red-shouldered Hawk chicks

This morning's RV Trail list (33 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
NRW Swallow
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Wren
American Goldfinch
Tufted Titmouse
Red-eyed Vireo
Louisiana Waterthrush
Indigo Bunting
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Mourning Dove
Northern Mockingbird
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Cedar Waxwing
Red-winged Blackbird
American Crow
Eastern Kingbird
Green Heron
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Rock Pigeon
Common Grackle

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