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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 book cover

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: 30 Mar 2018

Program for the April 9 meeting:
Madagascar: Birds and Much More
Speaker: Stephen Rannels
Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: TBA
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

Reminder: membership dues are due!

For those who have not yet gotten around to it, please make a point to renew your memberships in the Augusta Bird Club right away, using the 2018 Membership Form and sending your dues to the ABC membership chairperson Brenda Walters at the address shown on the form. Thank you!

McCormick's Mill field trip

On Wednesday, March 28th, Jo King led a good-sized group to McCormick's Mill in Raphine, Virginia, where they found 34 species, including Gadwall, Wigeon, Towhee, Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Great Blue Heron, among the "usual suspects."

by Bonnie Hughes

McCormick's Mill group Mar 2018

LEFT TO RIGHT: Peter Van Acker, Mark Gatewood, Mona Welliver, Dan Perkuchin (back), Jo King (front), Barbara Roman, and Tom Trykowski, at the McCormick's Mill field trip on March 28. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Hughes.

Bell's Lane field trip

On Monday, March 19th, five members of the Augusta Bird Club participated in a trip to Bell's Lane. It was definitely a chilly morning but we managed to get 45 species. Among the highlights (posted at ebird.org) were Wood Duck, Gadwalls, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawks, American Coots, Wilson's Snipes, American Kestrels, Eastern Phoebes, Tree Swallows, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Meadowlarks, and American Goldfinches.

by Penny Warren

Montage 19 Mar 2018

Photos by Andrew Clem

Short-eared Owl: an intimate portrait

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl, photographed at very close range by Allen Larner on Livick Road in Swoope around noon on March 13. Several other Short-eared Owls continue to be seen in that area, and along Bell's Lane on the northeast side of Staunton.

Birding in Florida

In January, Ann Cline traveled to Florida, where she photographed several very special birds. Here are some of the best photos she took:

American Bittern

American Bittern, at the Viera Wetlands, Florida.

Great Egret, frog

Great Egret enjoying "lunch" at the Viera Wetlands.

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills in St. Augustine, Florida. (Above photos courtesy of Ann Cline.)

Dinner at Bedlam 12 Feb 2018

Featured speaker John Coiner (at center, along with his wife) were the guests at our pre-meeting dinner on February 12, held at Bedlam Brewing in Staunton.

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