Crozet, VA, 10/23/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

Walt Childs and I did some birding this morning in Crozet. Most of the morning was spent at Lickinghole Creek and Reservoir, although we made a few quick stops on the way there and back. We ended up with 34 avian species, and only 2 of them (Rock Pigeon and White-breasted Nuthatch) were species we did not see at Lickinghole.

We had very quick, but positive ID looks at a fast flying adult Bald Eagle and a Red-shouldered Hawk. At first, the only shore bird we saw at the reservoir was a lone Killdeer, but we met Peter Brask there who said he had seen a Wilson's Snipe near the Killdeer. We saw the Wilson's Snipe on our way back past where we saw the Killdeer. When we saw the Killdeer the first time, we were looking into the sun, and didn't realize that the Wilson's Snipe was right in front of the Killdeer! I didn't know this until I started processing my photos. Shows that the Wilson's Snipe has great camouflage.

Killdeer and Wilson's Snipe

Killdeer and Wilson's Snipe

Tufted Titmouse

Cooper's Hawk

I saw a Palm Warbler that had the palest supercillium I have ever seen on this species.

Palm Warbler

This morning's bird list:

American Crow
American Goldfinch
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Black Vulture
Blue Jay
Canada Goose
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Chimney Swift
Common Raven
Cooper's Hawk
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Fish Crow
Gray Catbird
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Palm Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Song Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-throated Sparrow
Wilson's Snipe
Wood Duck

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