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Oct 9, Nov 13

Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.


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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

On Sept. 14, two Red-necked Phalaropes were seen by Allen Larner at the pond across the road on the north side of the Target Distribution Center in Stuarts Draft.

Last bird alert:

14 Sep 2017

Due to a wave of spam attacks, this Web site feature has been disabled for the time being. Stay tuned for further announcements.

Augusta Bird Club members may submit rare bird sightings by using the Update page. For further information, or to report any unusual sightings, please contact the rare bird alert coordinator, Allen Larner.


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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner. We still have copies available for a small donation; if interested, please contact Dan Perkuchin. They may also be found at local public libraries and school libraries.

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News

Last news update: 19 Oct 2017

Program for November 13 meeting:
Birds of Prey
Speaker: Bob Schamerhorn
(ABC Members Arts and Crafts Sale will start at 6:00 PM, before the meeting.)

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be:
Thursday, October 26 at the Yelping Dog, downtown Staunton, starting at 6:00 PM; please RSVP to Peter Van Acker. Stable Craft Brewery, 375 Madrid Rd, Waynesboro, VA 22980


2017 Bird Seed Sale

The deadline for ordering has passed, but we will have a few extras of most items. If you're interested, contact us at ABCSeedSale@gmail.com, or call Lisa Hamilton at 540-414-4718.

Pick up: Saturday, October 21
8:30 a.m. - noon
Augusta County Government Center
Dick Huff Lane (off Rt. 11), Verona

If you have questions or concerns on Pick Up Day, call or text 540-414-4718 (Lisa Hamilton) or 540-688-8149 (Crista Cabe).

Thank you for your ongoing support. 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. Donations to the Augusta Bird Club, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Field trip to Swoope & Augusta Wetlands

On Saturday, October 7, four members of the Augusta Bird Club went on a field trip to the Swoope area and Augusta Springs Wetlands, with mild weather throughout the morning. On the way to Swoope, we saw nine Wild Turkeys in a field next to the Woodrow Wilson Parkway (Rt. 262). The highlight of the day was seven Northern Harriers all in one field off of Livick Road, along with three Bald Eagles -- one adult, one first year, and one second year going into third year plumage. Over at Smith's pond we saw a Rusty Blackbird feeding along the edge of the pond, as well as about 20 Killdeer and four Wilson's Snipe. A total of eight species of warblers were seen, mostly at Augusta Springs: Palm, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Pine, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, and Tennessee. All seven species of woodpeckers were seen. The best of the sparrows were the Grasshopper, Swamp, and Savannah. At the Wetlands we also had an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blue-headed Vireo, Cedar Waxwing, both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It was a good trip, and we ended the day with 64 species of birds.

by Allen Larner

Montage 07 Oct 2017

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Harriers (juv.), Bald Eagle (juv.), Savannah Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Grasshopper Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and in center, Wood Duck (M) and Wilson's Snipe. (October 7)

Montage 07 Oct 2017 B

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestreal, Cedar Waxwing, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, and (prob.) Yellow-rumped Warbler. (October 7)



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