Rain during the night and into this morning was followed by threatening dark skies all afternoon. I went over to the Rockfish Valley Trail in the afternoon to see if any warblers might have taken refuge there. Although I ended up with 28 avian species, although the only warbler I found there today was a summer resident Common Yellowthroat. Many of the birds had wet feathers, and this gave some of the birds an unusual appearance as they fluffed up and tried to dry out.
I did see an unusual Myiarchus flycatcher. The only flycatcher of this genus normally here in Virginia is a Great Crested Flycatcher, but this bird did not appear to have the normal rufous in its wings and tail. Perhaps it was just wet, or had subdued appearance under the dark skies, was a juvenile bird, or ?? Any thoughts on this bird would be appreciated.
Adult and first year male Orchard Orioles
Cedar Waxwings showing courtship food sharing
List of birds seen and/or heard:
Great Crested Flycatcher