Central Virginia, 9/16-17/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

September 16

Walt Childs and I started out at the Rockfish Valley Trail, but it wasn't very "birdy," again. We did manage to see a few birds there including a White-eyed Vireo.

White-eyed Vireo

Like the day before, we decided that birding on the trail wasn't accomplishing very much, and it was starting to get even hotter, so we headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had a few birds at Hickory Springs Overlook (mm. 12), including a Blackpoll Warbler, and a Yellow-throated Vireo.

Blackpoll Warbler

Yellow-throated Vireo

We stopped at the north end of the cirque between mm. 7 and mm. 8, and saw a few birds near the same spot where we had warblers the day before.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Immature Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Tennesse Warbler

Tennesse Warbler

Later that afternoon, I hiked down to the Allen Creek Nature Preserve here in Stoney Creek. There were only a few birds there out in the afternoon heat, but I saw a couple of Crows chasing a Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Common Yellowthroat was foraging for a late afternoon snack. I briefly saw an olive-colored warbler/vireo in the preserve, but the look wasn't long enough to identify it.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

September 17

I had time for an early morning, quick hike down to the Allen Creek Nature Preserve. I drove down to the end of my street where I parked my car, and hiked the rest of the way. There were very few birds out.

Turkey Vulture

Ruby-throated Humming bird

Northern Cardinals

When I got back to my car, there were a few birds in the tree next to my car, and I added a Magnolia Warbler and a Swainson's Thrush to my two day outing.

Magnolia Warbler

Swainson's Thrush

I am not sure of the reason, but the first two weeks of September this year have been the poorest in terms of numbers of birds and species for these two weeks, since I started birding eight years ago.

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