Rockfish Valley Trail 8/29/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

With the report of 400+ Nighthawks passing over the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch last night, I headed over to the Rockfish Valley Trail this morning to see if some of them might have landed in the fields along the trail. I didn't see any Nighthawks, but I did see 34 species in 1-1/2 hours. Highlights included flocks of Flickers and Cedar Waxwings, a Black-throated Green Warbler, and a close approach flyover by a Red-tailed Hawk. Our resident tail-less Turkey Vulture made an appearance, and I heard one bird in or near the bog area that I could not identify. It was making a series of deep calls that sounded like lud-bump.

Five Flickers

Cedar Waxwings

Great Blue Heron

Red-eyed Vireo

Scarlet Tanager

Black-throated Green Warbler

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Tail-less Turkey Vulture

This morning's RV Trail list (34 species):

Eastern Bluebird
Carolina Wren
American Goldfinch
Indigo Bunting
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Cedar Waxwing
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Mockingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Black-throated Green Warbler
American Crow
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Meadowlark
Scarlet Tanager

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Red-tailed Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Northen Cardinal
Blue Jay

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