Rockfish Valley 4/21/13

All photos are Marshall Faintich

When I arrived at the trail at 9:00 this morning, the temperature was 42 degrees, and it had risen to 50 degrees by the time I left at 10:30, but the strong northerly winds made it feel much colder than that. I didn't see any warblers on the trail, but I did log 24 species on this first of two morning bird walks. Highlights included several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and two White-eyed Vireos. The first Vireo was near the southern end of the Glenthorne Loop trail, and the second one was in the bog area - the same two locations where this species has been seen for the past few years.

I did another Rockfish Valley hike this morning when I returned to Stoney Creek, where I added nine more species to my morning list.

Today's RV Trail species:

Canada Goose
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch

Additional species seen in Stoney Creek:

Red-shouldered Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Pine Siskin
Pied-billed Grebe

Rockfish Valley Trail

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

White-eyed Vireo (southern end of Glenthorne Loop)

White-eyed Vireo (southern end of Glenthorne Loop)

White-eyed Vireo (bog area)

Carolina Chickadee gathering nesting materials

Song Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Stoney Creek

Spotted Sandpipers

Pine Siskin

Immature Pine Warbler

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