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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. The 5th edition (2020) will be released soon.

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Last news update: 16 Jun 2022

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.

Big weekend in Highland County

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...

2022 Jun 11

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bald Eagle, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Red-headed Woodpecker, and in center, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager. (New Hampden, Laurel Fork Sapsuckers Farm, and Bramble Hill, June 11)

ABC group at Bramble Hill

ABC members at Bramble Hill, June 11

2022 Jun 12

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bobolink, Canada Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Bald Eagle, Yellow Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and in center, Alder Flycatcher. (New Hampden, Straight Fork, and Laurel Fork, June 12)

ABC group at Straight Fork

ABC members at Straight Fork, June 12

Rapthorthon 2022

On May 11, the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watchers team (Vic Laubach, Penny Warren, Rich Wood, and Ezra Staengl) conducted our 10th annual Raptorthon to raise funds for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) and our local Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. We spent the day birding in Highland and Augusta Counties, ending up with 98 species total, including 15 warblers and 7 raptors (Barred Owl, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, and Cooper's, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks). The weather was beautiful: sunny all day with light breezes and gradually warming in the afternoon.

by Vic Laubach

Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warbler in Highland County on May 11; photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.

Young Bald Eagle

Young Bald Eagle in Highland County on May 11; photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.

Young Bald Eagle

Raptorthon 2022 participants: Vic Laubach, Penny Warren, Rich Wood, and Ezra Staengl.

Recent bird sightings of note

Magnolia Warbler M

Magnolia Warbler (M), along Bell's Lane on May 9.

Baltimore Oriole M

Baltimore Oriole (M), along Bell's Lane on May 9.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak F

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (F), in Stuarts Draft on May 9. Photo courtesy of Brenda Tekin.

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker, in Stuarts Draft on May 7. Photo courtesy of Brenda Tekin.


Boblinks (M) along Bell's Lane on May 6. Photo courtesy of Ann Cline.

May 5 birds

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Pileated woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (M), Indigo bunting (M) with Blue Jay, Eastern Towhee (M) and Northern Cardinal (F), at the home of Sandy Lyon in Lone Fountain on May 5. Photos courtesy of Bonnie Rhyder.

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Photos at the top of this page (left to right): Bald Eagle by Vic Laubach, Short-eared Owl by Allen Larner, Long-billed Dowitcher by Ann Cline, Golden-winged Warbler by Andrew Clem, and Pileated Woodpecker by Larry Litke.

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