Aviatlas Sightings Record - Cox's Chapel


April 25, 2010
Cox's Chapel Low Water Bridge an...
US · Virginia · Rugby
Lon. -81.242309, Lat. 36.596063, Alt. 2,402 ft

Member: Scott Jackson-Ricketts
Hotspot: Cox's Chapel Low Water Bridge and area

Arriving at 8AM, and full of expectation, I left a half hour later with those expectations satisfied. In particular, I was hoping to find the eastern kingbirds and yellow warblers back on the breeding grounds, which they were. Typically they show up simultaneously with great fanfare, as they repeated for me this morning. Most pleased was I by catching the green-backed heron landing in a low tree along Bridle Creek, and a few minutes later, flying over to the big sycamore next to the bridge, both times giving me great views. No less was I so pleased to see a raven soar over with a mouthful of something, while trying its best to avoid one menacing crow. They both dived into the woods on the south side of the river, behind a barn. On the way to and from the river along Bridle Creek Road, I also saw many robins, a kestrel, two meadowlarks, one starling and a pile of jays at the Bridle Creek School feeder.

24 Species Reported:
Green Heron (1)
Canada Goose (5)
Turkey Vulture (1)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Eastern Kingbird (2)
Tree Swallow (7)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (5)
Carolina Wren (1)
Brown Thrasher (2)
Blue Jay (1)
American Crow (1)
Common Raven (1)
American Goldfinch (3)
Northern Parula (2)
Yellow Warbler (3)
Eastern Towhee (2)
Chipping Sparrow (1)
Field Sparrow (1)
Song Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow (1)
Northern Cardinal (3)
Red-winged Blackbird (6)
Common Grackle (8)

This sightings record was recorded at: www.aviatlas.com

-Scott Jackson-Ricketts