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Left to right: Loggerhead Shrike by Vic Laubach, Red-headed Woodpecker by Brenda Tekin, Summer Tanager by Ann Cline, Canada Warbler by Antonio Martinez, and Common Goldeneye by Jim Hill. 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.

The Augusta Bird Club was founded in 1966 and currently includes about 190 members from Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro, Virginia, as well as nearby areas. It holds meetings on the second Monday of each month (September - April) at Covenant Presbyterian Church, and organizes frequent field trips as well as other events throughout the year. It is also active in a variety of educational and conservation endeavors in the local community. People who are interested in joining are welcome to attend one of our meetings!

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Upcoming events

The Augusta Bird Club monthly meeting will be held on Monday, November 13, at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Program: Environmental Issues for the Shenandoah Valley.
Speaker: Bobby Whitescarver

Date Destination / Name of event Meeting Place * Time Coordinator(s)
SUNDAY, November 12th Augusta Springs Wetlands parking lot along Rt. 42 8:00 Allen Larner
Wednesday, November 15th McCormick Farm parking lot at the mill 9:00 Jo King
Saturday, November 18th Chimney Hollow trail (hike) Food Lion parking lot, 600 N. Coalter St., Staunton 9:00 Andrew Clem

News of recent birding activities

Last news update: 13 Nov 2023

Bird seed sale is a success

2023 Oct 28

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the bird seed pickup on November 4. Because of the imminent construction of the new Augusta County court house, this is the last year that the seed pickup will take place at the Augusta County government center. At right, Club President Rich Wood, Treasurer Mona Bearor, and Penny Warren made sure everything was straight.

2023 Oct 28

Brown Pelicans at Daufuskie Island, SC, early November; courtesy of Jim Hill.

2023 Oct 28

Willet (left) and Whimbrel (right), at Daufuskie Island, SC, early November; courtesy of Jim Hill.

Winter birds have arrived

Thanks to ideal, unusually warm weather, we had a good turnout for the field trip at the Boy Scout camp on Saturday, October 28: nine people altogether. It was very birdy at the end of the road where we parked, and we came upon a few hot spots while hiking up the Trimble Mill hunter access road. Highlights are shown below, but also included a White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Gray Catbirds, Cedar Waxwings, and some Red-tailed Hawks, bringing our total species count up to 33. Thanks to all the folks who joined in the good, clean outdoor fun!

by Andrew Clem

2023 Oct 28

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow*, and in center, American Goldfinch, at the Boy Scout camp *(and on Livick Road in Swoope), October 28.

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler, along Rt. 610 (Blue Ridge), courtesy of Vic Laubach.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, at Montgomery Hall Park on October 27.

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Want more news? Read the latest Newsletter (or click on the image to the right),

edited by Rich Wood (since May 2023).

Last update: 06 Nov 2023

(Sample image on the right is the May 2023 issue.)

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Birds of Augusta County

Just click on the image to the right. (PDF)
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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