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Birds of Augusta County:
new edition! (PDF)

Birds of Augusta County book cover

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.

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News

Last news update: 08 May 2019

ANNUAL PICNIC BRUNCH: SATURDAY, JUNE 1

At Humpback Rocks picnic area, about 2 miles south of the Humpback Rocks visitors' center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We'll go for a bird walk at 8:00 and return for brunch an hour or so later. Bring a casserole, pastries, etc. Beverages will be provided by the club.
(No meeting in May, just field trips.)

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: TBAat 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

Blue Ridge Parkway field trip

On Monday May 6, eleven members of the Augusta Bird Club went on a field trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Large-scale "fallouts" of warblers and other neotropical migrants were encountered at multiple stopping points along the way. Things got pretty hectic for a while. By the radio tower on Route 610 were Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Cerulean Warbler, Eastern Towhee, and a Red-eyed Vireo. In addition, a Red-headed Woodpecker was heard but not seen. At Mile Marker 8, near the Humpback Rocks picnic area, were Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and American Goldfinch. Everyone was startled to see a big flock (over 30) of small birds that landed in a big tree; they turned out to be Pine Siskins! Finally, at Hickory Springs Overlook (near Mile Marker 12), were Scarlet Tanagers, Hooded Warblers, and Cerulean Warblers, as well as a Chestnut-sided Warbler. Total species count for the day is pending...

by Andrew Clem

Montage 6 May 2019

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Yellow-throated Vireo, Cape May Warbler, American Redstart, Black-and-white Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, and (in center) Eastern Wood Pewee, American Goldfinch, and Cerulean Warbler. (May 6, 2019 )

Birders on BRP 6 May 2019

BACK ROW (L TO R): Linda Corwin, Penny Warren, Peter Cooper, Joe Thompson, Lucy (Ivey?), Carleton Moyer. FRONT ROW: Marilyn Nash, Martha Gibbon, Ann Cline, and Mary Miller.


Raptorthon 2019

On April 27, the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watchers team (Vic Laubach, Gabriel Mapel, Baxter Beamer, and Ezra Staengl) participated in our seventh annual Raptorthon to raise funds for Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) and our local hawk watch. Our day lasted 15.5 hours (5:00am to 8:30pm) and covered 186 miles! Although peak spring migration was not quite here yet, we were happy to end up with a total of 111 species, including 8 raptor, 6 waterfowl, 10 sparrow, and 16 warbler. It was a tiring day but great fun! Thank you to all who supported our Raptorthon!

(Excerpted from an article by Vic Laubach that appears in the May 2019 Augusta Bird Club Bulletin.)

Raptorthon - Vic, Gabriel, Ezra, Baxter

Vic Laubach, Gabriel Mapel, Ezra Staengl, and Baxter Beamer.

Wilson's Snipe flying

Wilson's Snipe flying. (Photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.)


Western Panama birding adventure

During the middle of April, six members of the Augusta Bird Club (Ann Cline, Lisa Hamilton, Linda Matkins, Grant Simmons, John and Nancy Spahr) went birding in the tropical nation of Panama. They spent five days in a recently constructed Eco-lodge in Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve western highlands in the province of Chiriqui. The second half of their adventure was in a Caribbean coastal island archipelago called Bocas del Toro. Here they lodged and feasted at Tranquilo Bay Eco-Adventure Lodge on Bastimentos island, accessed only by boat. This proved to be a very special trip for all. The weather was most cooperative. The staff and environments at both lodges could not have been better. Most importantly, the wildlife and scenery were unmatched.

(Excerpted from an article by John Spahr that appears in the May 2019 Augusta Bird Club Bulletin.)

Panama birds 1

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Laughing Falcon, White-winged Tanager, Squirrel Cuckoo, Resplendent Quetzal, Lesser (or Green?) Violet- ear, Chlorospingus, and Streaked-breasted Treehunter; mostly at Mt. Totumas. (All photos courtesy of Ann Cline.)

Lisa, Ann, Linda at Panama waterfall

Lisa Hamilton, Ann Cline, and Linda Matkins at a waterfall in Panama.


Nature Camp Scholarships

Young people who are interested in applying for a scholarship to Nature Camp from the Augusta Bird Club can use the scholarship form.


Reminder: membership dues are due!

Those who have not yet gotten around to renewing their memberships in the Augusta Bird Club, please make a point to do so right away, using the 2019 Membership Form and sending your dues to the ABC membership chairperson Crista Cabe at the address shown on the form. Thank you!



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