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Oct 8, Nov 12
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
A Great Egret was seen in the beaver pond of Bell's Lane on September 14, and a variety of unusual shorebirds such as White-rumped Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, a Ruddy Turnstone, and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper were seen in a field at the lower end of Patton Farm Road in Stuarts Draft.
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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.
Blue Ridge Young Birders
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PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 12 MEETING:
Red Siskin project (Smithonian Institution),
presented by Michael Braun
Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be at the home of Nancy Stevenson and Gil Nova, on Monday, October 29th. Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 PM at Plaza Azteca in Waynesboro.
Thursday, June 28th, 5:30 p.m., at Table 44, located at 300 Church Street, near Sunspots Studio in Staunton.
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
The deadline for ordering has already passed. The pickup date is Saturday, October 27 at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.
Your purchases will help the Augusta Bird Club raise funds for a variety of worthy causes. Thank you!
On Wednesday, October 17, six members of Augusta Bird Club led by Jo King met at McCormick's Farm to pursue our interest of bird watching. The weather was fairly cool but the sun shone brightly on many birds of which 35 species were counted. The best finds were the Double-crested Cormorant and four Warbler species. It was a beautiful trip.
On Saturday, October 13, nine members and friends of the Augusta Bird Club went on a field trip to Swoope and Augusta Springs, led by Andrew Clem and Allen Larner. The weather was cool and breezy, with alternating clouds and bright sunlight. Along Livick Road there was a mixed flock of Savannah Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows, as well as Northern Flickers and some Killdeers. After crossing a recently-repaired bridge that had been washed out by floods just a few days earlier, we saw a Cooper's Hawk perched in a tree and three Northern Harriers flying low. Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, and Eastern Phoebes were seen at multiple locations. There was nothing at Smith's Pond, where the water was very high, so we proceeded directly to Augusta Springs, which was unusually busy. A flock of about 50 Cedar Waxwings was flying around distant tree tops, and some of them came closer. We also had nice views of Pine Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and Eastern Towhees, but the most notable sighting was a small group (four?) of Red-breasted Nuthatches. A White-breasted Nuthatch was also observed, along with White-throated Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. Another big highlight came near the very end: an early-arriving Hermit Thrush that was hiding in the bushes! After that, some of us went back to Swoope, and around the Boy Scout camp we saw several Palm Warblers, a Swamp Sparrow, a Magnolia Warbler, some Eastern Phoebes, and a probable Eastern Wood Pewee. It was a very good day!
On Saturday, October 6, Stan Heatwole led a group of four Augusta Bird Club members (including Ann Cline, Carolyn Ford, and Andrew Clem) on a canoe / kayak trip along the Maury River. Within minutes of the start, a Bald Eagle was sighted downstream, but it flew out of sight and did not return. Multiple Green Herons and Great Blue Herons were seen at various points along the river, as well as Belted Kingfishers, Eastern Phoebes, Cedar Waxwings, Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, and lots of Blue Jays. Several Paw Paw trees were identified along the river bank, and even a Paw Paw fruit (overripe)! The weather was perfect, almost summer-like, and the water was a little high after all the recent rains, but not too turbulent. We hope to do more such river field trips next year.