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McCormick's Farm field trip
April 18 was a good day for a field trip to McCormick's Farm in Raphine, Virginia. Nine birders conducted a walk for the Augusta Bird Club. Altogether, 41 species were noted. Observing the male and female Red-bellied Woodpecker at their nest hole was a beautiful sight, as were the five Blue-winged Teal. The Green Heron gave us all a fun show as well.
by Jo King
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Green Heron, American Goldfinch, 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds, Blue-winged Teal, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Osprey.
(At the McCormick's Farm field trip on April 18.).
LEFT TO RIGHT: Mark and Betty Gatewood, Elaine Carwile, Dan Perkuchin, (?), Jo King, and Diane Holsinger, at the McCormick's Mill field trip on April 18.
Ridgeview Park field trip
On April 14, three ABC members went on a field trip to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, followed by a walk along the trails by the South River on the northeast side of town. Aside from the birds shown below, Blue-headed Vireos and a White-eyed Vireo were seen as well.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Prairie Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Osprey, and Brown Thrasher, at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, April 14.
McCormick's Mill field trip
On Wednesday, March 28th, Jo King led a good-sized group to McCormick's Mill in Raphine, Virginia, where they found 34 species, including Gadwall, Wigeon, Towhee, Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Great Blue Heron, among the "usual suspects."
by Bonnie Hughes
LEFT TO RIGHT: Peter Van Acker, Mark Gatewood, Mona Welliver, Dan Perkuchin (back), Jo King (front), Barbara Roman, and Tom Trykowski, at the McCormick's Mill field trip on March 28. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Hughes.
Bell's Lane field trip
On Monday, March 19th, five members of the Augusta Bird Club participated in a trip to Bell's Lane. It was definitely a chilly morning but we managed to get 45 species. Among the highlights (posted at ebird.org) were Wood Duck, Gadwalls, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawks, American Coots, Wilson's Snipes, American Kestrels, Eastern Phoebes, Tree Swallows, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Meadowlarks, and American Goldfinches.
by Penny Warren
Photos by Andrew Clem
Short-eared Owl: an intimate portrait
Short-eared Owl, photographed at very close range by Allen Larner on Livick Road in Swoope around noon on March 13. Several other Short-eared Owls continue to be seen in that area, and along Bell's Lane on the northeast side of Staunton.
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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