Birds of Shenandoah Nat'l Park
This past weekend hubby and I enjoyed a daytrip to Shenandoah Nat'l Park. We left early in the morning so I could get to see some early birds on the trail. I was not disappointed with the Limberlost Trail. I started off see multiple pairs of Eastern Towhee's, Dark Eyed Juncos, Scarlet Tanagers way high in the treetops, Cedar Waxwings, Eastern bluebirds and groups of Hooded Warblers. I was having trouble with my camera focusing on closeups this time and it seemed to work better on the tree top photos. I took ten or more shots of the Hooded Warbler and they were all blurry. Gee, this was the first time I saw the Hooded Warbler on the ground right just a few feet in front of me. I did get one shot of the Hooded further along the trail, there we saw more hooded warblers and a Ruby Throated Hummingbird near some Cardinal flowers at a little creek. The birding was great.
I believe this is a female Eastern Towhee, with a brown head instead of the black head that the male has.
Male Eastern Towhee showing the black head
I am thinking this is an immature male Scarlet Tanager. I could see the black on it wings. I saw a group of them on this tree tops. They must have been enjoying the berries.
Cedar Waxwings were staying high on the tree tops.
A couple of juvenile Eastern Bluebirds were poking around this downed tree limb. I guess they were finding bugs to eat. One of the juvies looks like it is almost inside the hole on the tree.
The cute juvenile Bluebirds have white spots on their feathers.
We had a nice day in Shenandoah, seeing great birds, bunnies, lots of butterflies and two black bears.