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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.


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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: 19 Oct 2018

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


Augusta Bird Club's
2018 Bird Seed Sale

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!


Field trip to McCormick's Farm

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.

by Jo King (updated)

Montage 17 Oct 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Great Blue Heron, and Cape May Warbler. At McCormick's Farm, October 17.

Birders at McCormicks Mill 17 Oct 2018

Jo King and four other happy birders at McCormicks Mill, October 17.


Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk near Verona, October 17. (Photo courtesy of Ann Cline.)



Field trip to Swoope and Augusta Springs

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!

by Andrew Clem

Montage 13 Oct 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Phoebe, Coopers's Hawk, Pine Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler, and in center, Cedar Waxwing. In Swoope and Augusta Springs, October 13.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Augusta Springs, October 13. (Photo courtesy of Ann Cline.)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Augusta Springs, October 13. (Photo courtesy of David Chernoff.)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Swoope, October 13. (Photo courtesy of David Chernoff.)

Birders at Augusta Springs

Birders at Augusta Springs, October 13.


Adventure on the Maury River!

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.

Maury River Carolyn, Ann

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by Andrew Clem


Kestrel!

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American Kestrel (male), east of Verona, in early October. (Photo courtesy of Ann Cline.)



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