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Birding in Florida
In January, Ann Cline traveled to Florida, where she photographed several very special birds. Here are some of the best photos she took:
American Bittern, at the Viera Wetlands, Florida.
Great Egret enjoying "lunch" at the Viera Wetlands.
Roseate Spoonbills in St. Augustine, Florida. (Above photos courtesy of Ann Cline.)
Featured speaker John Coiner (at center, along with his wife) were the guests at our pre-meeting dinner on February 12, held at Bedlam Brewing in Staunton.
Owls continue to abound, and astound!
Short-eared Owl, on Bell's Lane, after dusk on Valentine's Day. As many as nine have been seen there at one time!
Barn Owl, in Waynesboro, in mid-January. Photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.
Rare winter sighting: Baltimore Oriole!
Baltimore Oriole, in Waynesboro in early Febuary; photos courtesy of Susan Vermeulen Lancaster. According to Allen Larner, it is the eighth winter record for this area.
Madison Run Fire Road field trip
Weather conditions improved on January 27, as ten members and friends of the Augusta Bird Club went hiking along the Madison Run Fire Road, on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park near the town of Grottoes. Approximately 22 species were identified by sight or sound, including some at a nearby house with a feeder. The highlight was a brief view of a Ruffed Grouse that flushed from the bushes along the road. A Hermit Thrush and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were also seen. Afterwards, some of the participants paid a brief visit to Bell's Lane and saw two Sharp-shinned Hawks and a Northern Harrier.
by Andrew Clem
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: White-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and in center, American Goldfinch.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Mark Gatewood, Herb Myers, Betty Gatewood, Dan Perkuchin, Jo King, Jean Smith, Stephen Petrowski, and William Leigh.
(Not pictured: Peter Van Acker and Andrew Clem.)
American Kestrel, near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Jan. 23.
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