Dawn On Billy Goat Trail

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I did my usual hike on Billy Goat Trail this morning at dawn and it was a beautiful crisp fall morning. While a bit chilly at 36 degrees, it was great for a vigorous hike. The leaves are down but the result is a quiet and stark forest with trees silhouetted on dark waters of the ponds and the Potomac.

Today’s highlight was actually a gorgeous and huge woodpecker that landed near me while I sat next to a small pond. It had a head that was flaming red and was about twice the usual size.

Here are a few of the pictures from this morning.

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10 thoughts on “Dawn On Billy Goat Trail

  1. You were likely looking at a pileated woodpecker. They are indeed beautiful birds. We have several out here on our farm on the Shenandoah River near Bluemont, VA.
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