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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.
Augusta Bird Club members are urged to take precautions, such as wearing masks while inside, getting vaccinated, and following social distancing guidelines. These guidelines also apply during field trips.
A new Budget Committee is being formed to assist the board with planning of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Committee members will meet either in person, or virtually, to discuss and plan the budget based on our revenue and annual expenses to create a financial guide for the club. The proposed budget will be presented to the board for approval at the January 2023 board meeting. No technological expertise is required, simply a wish to help set the club on a clear financial path for the new fiscal year. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact President Rich Wood, Vice-President Vic Laubach, or Treasurer Mona Bearor. We hope you can join us!
On Wednesday June 29 Andrew Clem went for a six-plus mile "field trip" hike along the Shenandoah Mountain trail south of the Confederate Breastworks. He was later joined by Huck Hutchens, in spectacular weather conditions with numerous neotropical migrants along the trail. Besides the seven warbler species shown below, Ovenbirds, a Worm-eating Warbler, and a Black-and-white Warbler were seen, a Yellow-rumped Warbler was heard, and several Indigo Buntings, Blue-headed Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Wood Pewees made appearances as well.
The second day of Summer (June 22) was quite warm but four intrepid birders from the Augusta Bird Club conducted a great outing to McCormick's Mill Farm in Raphine. Fifty species were recorded with a new species for the Farm (#172) being a Yellow-breasted Chat. Other highlights included Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, American Goldfinch, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, over a dozen members of the Augusta Bird Club went to Highland County to look for specialized birds that are seldom seen closer to home. On Saturday morning, they hiked for over two miles along trails lined by Mountain Laurel blossoms at the Laurel Fork Sapsuckers maple sugar farm, and in the afternoon they went to Bramble Hill, where the late Margaret O'Bryan used to live. On Sunday morning they stopped at a number of places along Laurel Fork Road, and the highlights were a Blackburnian Warbler and a Canada Warbler. A total count of species that were observed is pending, but these photos give a rough idea of the more notable sightings...
On May 20 Andrew Clem led a field trip at the Mountain Home picnic area along Ramsey's Draft in western Augusta County. There weren't that many birds in the low area, so we hiked uphill for just a bit along the Road Hollow trail. Among the birds seen were a Blue-headed Vireo, a Blackburnian Warbler, Scarlet Tanagers, a Black-throated Green Warbler, and a Black-and-white Warbler. On our way back to Staunton, we stopped at the Georgia Camp trail head and had a nice closeup view of an Acadian Flycatcher!