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On August 3 and 4, a Swallow-tailed Kite was seen in Rockbridge County south of Buena Vista, at the intersection of River Road (Rt. 663) and Brady Mountain Road (Rt. 841).

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Birds of Augusta County:
new edition! (PDF)

Birds of Augusta County book cover

Just click on the image above. The 4th edition (2016), edited by Dan Perkuchin, replaces the 3rd (2008) edition Birds of Augusta County, which was edited by YuLee Larner.

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Last news update: 16 Oct 2019

2019 Bird Seed Sale

Pick up is Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 am until noon at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona (from Route 11, turn east on Dick Huff Lane). Look for our signs and proceed to the truck bay behind the Government Center. We'll load your order into your vehicle for you in a jiffy! Home delivery is also available within about 25 miles.

The Augusta Bird Club's annual Seed Sale raises funds to support environmental education and conservation. The proceeds from your purchase will send young people to Nature Camp, support the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and benefit other important projects. The Augusta Bird Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. ABCSeedSale_AT_gmail.com

Hawk Watch Open House

Unlike last year, the weather was just fine for this year's Hawk Watch Open House, which was held at the Afton Inn on Saturday, September 21. Many nature-oriented organizations participated, including the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro. Vic Laubach coordinated the event, while Ann Cline and Penny Warren set up a table display for the Augusta Bird Club, explaining the club's activities to the many visitors who stopped by.

2019 Hawk Watch Open House

>> Hawk Watch 1 >> Hawk Watch 2 >> Hawk Watch 3 >> Hawk Watch 4 >> Ann Cline, Roz Holtzman

Blue Ridge Parkway field trip

That same Saturday, four members of the Augusta Bird Club (Andrew Clem, Roz Holtzman, Tom Roberts, and Peter Cooper) went on a field trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the adjoining Route 610. The number of warblers wasn't quite as great as expected, but there were some nice surprises, most notably groups of Swainson's Thrushes in two separate locations, and a large flock of Common Nighthawks (25-30 total) swooping directly overhead. That was truly amazing! Afterwards, the group joined the Hawk Watch Open House at the Afton Inn.

Montage 21 Sep 2019

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, Hooded Warbler (M), Red-eyed Vireo, Common Nighthawk, and Cape May Warbler. (Sept. 21, 2019 )

Avocets at Leonard's Pond!

/American Avocets

American Avocets on September 15; courtesy of Ann Cline.

Field trip to Falls Hollow & Elliott Knob

On Saturday, September 7, four Augusta Bird Club members (Allen Larner, Peter Van Acker, Ann Cline, and Andrew Clem) hiked all the way up to the summit of Elliott Knob in search of migrating birds. This mountain is located in western Augusta County and is the third-highest peak (measured by "prominence") in the state of Virginia. The grand expedition began at the Falls Hollow trailhead along Route 42, and proceeded up through a variety of woodland habitats, including a lush waterfall with moss-covered rocks and rhododendron bushes. It was there that the first cluster of warblers, vireos, and woodpeckers was seen. After climbing for a while flanked by thick green shrubs, several Blackburnian Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers, and other birds were seen. Eventually, the trail intersected with the very steep Elliott Knob fire road, which leads up to the summit where there are several communication towers. That was another "hot spot," full of Dark-eyed Juncos, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and other "winter" birds that only breed in the highest elevations in Virginia. The view at the top was exhilarating, a fitting reward for all of the exertion in climbing. The satisfaction of having accomplished most of our birding "goals" made the painfully long descent back down to the bottom tolerable.

by Andrew Clem.

Montage 07 Sep 2019

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Blackburnian Warbler (M), Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Wood Pewee, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler (M), Blue-headed Vireo, and (in center) Cape May Warbler. (Sept. 7, 2019 )

Ann, Allen on Elliott Knob fire road

>> Falls Hollow falls >> Climbing the fire road >> At Elliott Knob >> View from summit

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite, south of Buena Vista near Glasgow (yes, Virginia!) on August 10.

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