Rockfish Valley, VA, 3/25-28/16

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I haven't had much of an opportunity to go birding the past few days, but I did see a few interesting birds near to home.

March 25

I went for a short hike here in Stoney Creek. There's a persistent damp area in the east section of the small pine forest at the end of my street. Not much grows there, and downed trees are common seen there. As I hiked by that area, I saw a male and a female Wood Duck standing on a couple of the downed trees. I think that they saw me, but they decided to act like statues rather than fly away. I stayed there for a few minutes, and watched them move about a little bit, but they were literally "ducks out of water" and weren't quite sure what to do.

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

There were a few Pine Warblers in that small forest, and a Red-bellied Woodpecker was drilling out a nesting cavity.

Pine Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker

March 28

I went for a short, late afternoon hike on the Rockfish Valley Trail, but there wasn't much wildlife to observe.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow

Eastern Meadowlark

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