Walt Childs and I headed west into the Shenandoah Valley, stopping first at Augusta Springs Wetlands where we saw 16 species of mostly woodland birds.
From there, we headed over to Swoope where we added another 34 species. At our first stop we were treated to a pair of American Kestrels, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a pair of Bald Eagles.
We saw a lot of lake and shore birds: Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Wood Ducks, and four species of Sandpiper: Spotted, Solitary, Semi-palmated, and Lesser Yellowlegs. [Update - from Allen L. (VA): Your Lesser Yellowlegs & Semipalmated Sandpipers are in fact a Solitary & Least Sandpipers. I have been watching those mud flats for a week now & the same birds have always been there.]
Great Blue Heron
Semi-palmated and Solitary Sandpipers
There were a variety of woodland birds as well. We saw lots of Tree and Barn Swallows. Some of the Tree Swallows were molting into adult plumage.
We ended today's trip seeing about two dozen Bobolinks, and female Dickcissels bringing food to their fledglings.
Not a bad outing for an early August birding trip here in Virginia!