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A male Baltimore Oriole has been seen in Waynesboro since at least late January. As many as seven Short-eared Owls have been seen on a regular basis in the late afternoon or early evenings in the Bell's Lane area since the end of November. And on December 29, a Trumpeter Swan was spotted by Elaine Carwile in a pond adjacent to Route 254 on the northwest edge of Waynesboro. It has remained there for over two weeks...

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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.

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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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Last news update: 27 May 2018

Saturday, June 9th: ABC spring picnic brunch,
at Humpback Rocks Picnic Area, Blue Ridge Parkway

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 PM at the Fishin' Pig, 117 Apple Tree Lane, Waynesboro Thursday April 26, at Plaza Azteca, 23 Windigrove Dr. in Waynesboro, beginning at 6:00 PM. Plaza Azteca is just off Rosser Avenue/Rt. 340 and Exit 94.
Sorrel's Lounge in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton on March 26 at 6:00 PM. RSVP to Peter Van Acker by March 22. 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27 at the Depot at 42 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton. Please RSVP by February 26 to Peter Van Acker.
6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 30 at the Fishin' Pig, 117 Apple Tree Lane, in Waynesboro. (It's just off I-64 next to the Best Western.)
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

Birds of Augusta County: new edition!

The complete updated Birds of Augusta County (2016) is now available online: BAC_2016_4th_Ed_Hist_Doc-eBird_seq.pdf

Many thanks to Dan Perkuchin for all the work he put into bringing our records up to date!

Shenandoah Mountain Trail field trip

On May 24, seven Augusta Bird Club members went hiking along the Shenandoah Mountain Trail, going south about a mile from the Confederate Breastworks. The weather was almost perfect. Among the highlights were Yellow-billed Cuckoos (two heard, one glimpsed), Black-throated Green Warblers, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warblers (M&F), Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanagers, and Eastern Wood-Pewees.

Montage 9 May 2018
Montage 24 May 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Indigo Bunting, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-throated Green Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Raven, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, and Eastern Wood Pewee. (May 24)

Shenandoah Wetlands Bank field trip

On May 12, a group of Augusta Bird Club and Rockingham Bird Club members went to the Shenandoah Wetlands Bank, under special arrangements made by Allen Larner. (It is a special nature preserve closed to the general public.) Virginia Rails were heard calling in multiple locations, a hopeful sign of breeding activity. A variety of migrant birds and (year-round residents) were observed as well.

Montage 9 May 2018
Montage 12 May 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eastern Towhee, Pileated Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, and two images of a Veery. (May 12)

Raptorthon 2018

Raptorthon 2018 on May 13 was a HUGE success! (We're calling it epic!) Our team, the Rockfish Gap Hawkwatchers (Vic Laubach, Betty Mooney, and Baxter Beamer) spent 15 hours driving nearly 300 miles birding throughout 2 states and 4 counties, with a major focus being on Highland County, VA. We had tremendous fun, the weather was gorgeous, there were birds everywhere, and it seemed that every location we came to yielded new species! Our efforts were rewarded with a total of 122 species. The biggest highlight of the day came at 5:30pm with the sighting of a Mississippi Kite in Weyers Cave, Augusta County. In terms of raptors, we ended up with 7 species (Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Mississippi Kite, Barn Owl, Barred Owl). As for warblers, we totaled 21 species.

by Vic Laubach


Mississippi Kite, on May 13. (Courtesy of Vic Laubach.)

Peak spring migration season is here!

If you haven't been outside looking for birds lately, you'd better hurry!

Montage 9 May 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Black-throated Green Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (M & F), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Red-headed Woodpecker.
(on Betsy Bell Hill, May 9.)

Green Heron

Green Heron (on Bell's Lane, May 7, courtesy of Ann Cline.)

Montage 7 May 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Orchard Orioles (1st-year male and adult male), Scarlet Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee, and Red-tailed Hawk.
(on Bell's Lane and Betsy Bell Hill, May 7.)

Riverfest 2018

Riverfest 2018 - South River
Riverfest 2018 - Linda Matkins
Riverfest 2018 - Bonnie Hughes

Linda Matkins (upper photo) and Bonnie Hughes (lower photo) were among those helping at the Augusta Bird Club's table during Riverfest, April 28, 2018.

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager, near Heathsville, VA in early May; courtesy of Ann Cline.

Montage 7 May 2018

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, at Augusta Springs, April 30.

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