Rockfish Valley Trail 10/20/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs led a guided bird walk on the trail this morning for the Monticello Bird Club of Charlottesville, Virginia. The group started from the Rockfish River trail head at 8:30. I arrived at Glenthorne Loop at 9:00 and met up with the group. The total group species count for the morning was 50. We had a good turn out (22 birders) for the hike, and the cool temperature and sunny sky made for an enjoyable hike.

Highlights included four raptor species, lots of sparrows, and our resident tail-less Turkey Vulture made two appearances for eveyone to get a good look at it.

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Belted Kingfisher

Carolina Chickadee

Field Sparrow

Palm Warbler - yellow subspecies

Palm Warbler - western subspecies

Female Purple Finch

Male Purple Finch

Tail-less Turkey Vulture

Immature White-crowned Sparrow

Adult White-crowned Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This morning's RV Trail group list (50 species):

American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
Belted Kingfisher
Black Vulture
Blue Jay
Blue-headed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Chipping Sparrow
Common Raven
Cooper's Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
Empidonax flycatcher
Field Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
House Finch
House Wren
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Palm Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Siskin
Purple Finch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Rusty Blackbird
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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