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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: 15 Jul 2021

Even though social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic have recently been relaxed somewhat, Augusta Bird Club members are still urged to exercise caution during field trips, etc.
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.

Warning about mystery avian illness

For the past several weeks, a mysterious illness has stricken many birds in the region around Washington, DC, and other mid-Atlantic states. In light of the possibility that it may spread to our area, people are asked to take down their bird feeders for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation in the weeks to come. For more information, see the Virginia Division of Wildlife Resources.

Recent bird sightings of note

Reddish Knob group

On July 7 the Augusta Bird Club had a field trip to Reddish Knob and nearby areas. Some of the bird highlights are shown below.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Andrew Clem, Joel Clarke, Tom Roberts, Ann Cline, and Martha Gibbons.

2021 Jul 07

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Red Crossbill, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-headed Vireo (J), Black-throated Green Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Wood Pewee, and Chestnut-sided Warbler; Reddish Knob & vicinity, July 7.

2021 Jul 07

Yellow-rumped Warbler (juv.), north of Reddish Knob, July 7, courtesy of Tom Roberts.

Bald Eagle juv.

Recently-fledged juvenile Bald Eagle east of Verona on June 20, courtesy of Ann Cline.

Peregrine Falcon juv.

Peregrine Falcon (juv.), near Stony Man Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park, June 17.

Bald Eagle juv.

Dickcissel in Swoope, June 14, courtesy of Victor Laubach.

Bald Eagle juv.

Grasshopper Sparrow in Heathsville, VA, June 10, courtesy of Ann Cline.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole feasting on mulberries on Bell's Lane, June 8.


Bobolink in Swoope in early June, courtesy of Sarah Foster

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Willow Lake (in Rockbridge County) on June 1, courtesy of Brenda Tekin. This species is typically found in Texas and along the Gulf Coast, and has never been documented in Augusta County.

Virtual club meeting recordings

For the time being, recordings of the Augusta Bird Club's recent online meetings are available to the general public via Zoom; see the link information below. We hope to resume in-person regular monthly meetings in the fall, but that depends on how well the covid-19 pandemic has been contained.

March 2021: "Listening In: The Acoustic Ecology of Birds" by Dr. Dana Moseley.
(Recorded meeting via Zoom Passcode: #R87GHM3)

April 2021: "Birding in America's 'Back Yard' (South America)" by Andrew Clem.
(Recorded meeting via Zoom Passcode: UwlVb?U7)

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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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