I haven't been to the Lickinghole Creek and Basin, and the adjacent Crozet Connector Trail, for a few months, and wanted to check out the Bald Eagle nest. I wasn't sure if eagles were using the nest again this year, or nesting elsewhere and just coming to the basin for fish. I assumed that there would be juveniles at the nest if it were active. I expected the trail to be muddy after the rain this past weekend, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. With people going back to work, and some of the kids back in school, the trail wasn't nearly as busy as it has been. But the trail wasn't that "birdy," and I ended up with 26 avian species, mostly single birds or very small flocks. At first, I didn't see any Bald Eagles in the nest, but as I hiked around to the far end of the basin near the dam, I did see a Bald Eagle, first sitting in the nest, and then working on the nest.
I saw two Pileated Woodpeckers foraging together, and was surprised that both of them were males.
This morning's list: