Rockfish Valley Trail 10/1/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs and I started on the east side of Reids Creek at 8:45 this morning. It was noticeably quieter on the trail than it has been for the past four weeks. Perhaps it was the cloudy skies and approaching rain front from the southwest, or possibly the Cooper's Hawk and pair of American Kestrels looking for prey. After three hours we only had 36 avian species, including 5 warbler species: Black-throated Blue, Magnolia, Cape May, Palm, and Common Yellowthroat. The highlight of the morning was seeing Lincoln's Sparrows - a sure sign that it is autumn on the Rockfish Valley Trail.

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Palm Warbler

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Juvenile Cape May Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Field Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow


Immature male American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

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