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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

Since late December, a Loggerhead Shrike has been seen in the upland portion of Bell's Lane, hunting from small trees near the ponds.

Due to a wave of spam attacks, this Web site feature has been disabled for the time being. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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: 14 Jan 2019

PROGRAM FOR JANUARY 14 MEETING:

Invasive Plant Species / Habitat Improvement for Wildlife

presented by Bruce Ingram.

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



Membership dues are due!

It's time to renew your membership for 2019. While you're at it, please consider making an additional donation to assist with our club's mission of conservation and education. Information on dues, etc. can be found on our Membership page. You can download the ABC Membership Form, print it, and mail it to the address indicated, along with your check. Thank you!

Crista Cabe, Membership Chair


Highland County field trip

On January 6th four members of the Augusta Bird Club made their annual winter trek to Highland County to seek out the Golden Eagle as well as wintering Finches. The temps started out at 30 degrees but quickly warmed up to 54 with sunshine. Our first stop was the feeders in McDowell which was a bust: only Goldfinch, Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, and a Savannah Sparrow. Next we went to the town of Bluegrass, and on the west side of Snowy Mountain we had three Golden Eagle flying high. In the lowlands just south of Snowy Mountain we had a great view of a juvenile Golden Eagle flying low with two Red-tailed Hawks dive-bombing it. Our search for the Loggerhead Shrike on Dug Bank Road did not pan out, probably because it was a bit windy. Most of the birds were hunkered down yesterday, and we missed several target species in Highland County.

Next we headed south on Route 220, and once in Bath County we had a few ducks on the farm pond to the left: Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, and 44 Common Merganser, Kingfisher, and Bald Eagle. On the way to Lake Moomaw, we had Black-capped Chickadee, Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Junco, and Song Sparrow. The biggest treat was seeing at least eight Eastern Reddish Bats flying around. At Lake Moomaw we had Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Mallard, and Bufflehead. All in all we ended the trip with about 40 species of birds.

by Allen Larner

Montage 6 Jan 2019

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Golden Eagle (imm.), Hooded Merganser (M), American Kestrel (F), Horned Grebe, Common Merganser (M), Golden-crowned Kinglet, and in center, Bald Eagle (imm.). (January 6, 2018)

Bats montage

Eastern Red Bats, near Lake Moomaw. (January 6, 2018)


Nature Camp Scholarships

Once again, the Augusta Bird Club is soliciting applications for scholarships to Nature Camp this coming summer. Simply download the Nature Camp Scholarship form, type in the information in the spaces indicated, save it and then send it as an e-mail attachment to: anncline1443_AT_yahoo.com. (The "@" symbol was changed to "_AT_" so as to thwart spammers.) There is no need to print it! Completed applications and recommendations are due no later than February 4, 2019.

Scholarship Eligibility:

Process:


Christmas Bird Count 2018

On Saturday, December 15, birders in the Augusta County count circle observed a total of 86 bird species, plus 3 more during the count week (defined as three days before and three days after the count day). Final tabulations are still in process, but in the mean time, here are the totals for the main groups:

by Allen Larner

Montage 15 Dec 2018

Some highlights of what was seen on the count day, December 15. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: E. Bluebird, American Kestrel, Northern Flicker, Mallard, American Robin, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Carolina Wren, White-breasted Nuthatch, and near the center, Brown Creeper and Field Sparrow.


Rufous Hummingbird, snow

And you think YOU had a bad day?? The tiny Rufous Hummingbird in Stuarts Draft somehow survived the blizzard on Dec. 9, but ten days later he was gone. Can you blame him for heading south? (Photo courtesy of Bonnie Hughes)


Field trip to Mill Place

On Saturday December 8, six members of the Augusta Bird Club braved freezing temperatures on a field trip to the new trail at the Mill Place industrial park in Verona, just north of Staunton. It is a very scenic nature spot that seems to have been developed with great care in planning, featuring a sheltered picnic area, multiple benches for resting along the way, and a wooden foot bridge. The trail is all asphalt. Even better, it is an excellent habitat for a variety of sparrows and other songbirds. Highlights of the day were a Red-shouldered Hawk, a Hermit Thrush, and a Swamp Sparrow. In the reeds, two members spotted a very small brown bird that was most likely a Marsh Wren or a Winter Wren, and some of us saw what was either a Yellow-rumped or a Palm Warbler. The list of 21 species is not yet final, pending confirmation from others who were there.

by Andrew Clem

Montage 8 Dec 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Red-shouldered Hawk, American Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco, and White-crowned Sparrows (adult and juvenile). (December 8, 2018)


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