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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. The 5th edition (2020) will be released soon.

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Last news update: 28 Oct 2020

Because of the coronavirus, all Augusta Bird Club members are urged to abide by social distancing guidelines and mask wearing, in keeping with Governor Northam's emergency order. The ABC Board met in August to discuss the seed sale, field trips, and meetings. All members will be notified of our plans. In the meanwhile, stay safe and enjoy fall migrations.
There wil be a SPECIAL "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour in honor of ABC founding member Grant Simmons, who will soon be moving away from our area. It will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 pm, at the Mill Street Grill in Staunton.

Please RSVP to Crista Cabe at cristacabe@gmail.com.

Augusta Bird Club annual seed sale:
open for business!!!

After a slight postponement for reasons beyond our control, our annual fall bird seed sale is officially open for business! The order deadline is Friday, October 30, and the pickup date is Saturday, November 7, at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona, as usual.

Virtual club meeting a success!

The Augusta Bird Club held its first online meeting on Monday, October 19th, using the Zoom teleconferencing system, and it went quite well, with about 25 members in attendance. Josh Haas gave an excellent presentation on "Identifying Raptors in Flight," and members asked him questions afterwards. We are trying to arrange more such online meetings for the future, pending a return to normal in-person meetings some time next year, hopefully.

Fall migration season

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male) in north Staunton on October 28.

On Monday October 26, seven members of the Augusta Bird Club met up on Bell's Lane for what turned out to be a fabulous morning of birding. In spite of what looked like it could have been the equivalent of the British Moors this morning, the cloud coverage was high enough to have loads of birds and waterfowl. However, lighting conditions weren't so favorable. We met at the kiosk and things were hopping and popping immediately. We headed to the private pond ... with special permission ... and spent the better part of two hours ago in just that location. Highlights were four species of warblers (Black-throated Green, Blackpoll, Palm, Yellow-rumped), tons of waterfowl (Gadwall, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot), Northern Harriers, a castle of Kinglets, etc. I thank those that came out this morning and your contributions to making it a notable birding day!

Penny Warren

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler, in the Bell's Lane area on October 26; courtesy of Tom Roberts.

This time of year provides unique opportunities to see a mixture of summer and winter birds, as the early arrivals from the north overlap with the latter ones to depart. Our field trip to Augusta Springs and Swoope on October 24 (attended by seven club members) provided many examples of such a mixture, with a Blue-headed Vireo and Eastern Phoebe (summer birds), as well as Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Hermit Thrushes (winter birds). Later, some of the members went to Swoope, where three juvenile Bald Eagles, Palm Warblers, Swamp Sparrows, and other less common birds were seen.


This male Red-bellied Woodpecker (presumably defending his own territory) chased away the intruding Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (also male) that recently arrived from its northern breeding grounds. This was at Augusta Springs during the ABC field trip on October 24.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl, at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond on October 22; photo courtesy of Ann Cline.

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler, October 19; photo courtesy of Ann Cline.

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler, October 11; photo courtesy of Ann Cline.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler on Country Club Road (Bell's Lane extended), October 8.

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Photos at the top of this page (left to right): Bald Eagle by Vic Laubach, Short-eared Owl by Allen Larner, Long-billed Dowitcher by Ann Cline, Golden-winged Warbler by Andrew Clem, and Pileated Woodpecker by Larry Litke.

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