The Augusta Bird Club monthly meeting will be held on Monday, October 9, at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Program: History of the Richmond Falcon Cam and thre Rebound of Virginia's Peregrine Falcons.
Speaker: Megan Thomas (via Zoom)
|Date||Destination / Name of event||Meeting Place *||Time||Coordinator(s)|
|Saturday, October 28th||Boy Scout Camp trail (western Swoope)||Food Lion parking lot, 600 N. Coalter St., Staunton||9:00||Andrew Clem|
|Friday, October 27th||DEADLINE for placing bird seed sale orders||-||-||Crista Cabe|
|Saturday, November 4th||PICK-UP DAY for the bird seed sale||Augusta County Government Center in Verona||8:30 - noon||Crista Cabe|
Our annual fall bird seed sale is officially open for business! The order deadline is Friday, October 27, and the pickup date is Saturday, November 4, at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona. Every year the proceeds from the sale are used to help local youths attend Nature Camp, as well as providing support for other conservation-related causes in the local area. To learn about our Nature Camp scholarship program, see the Nature Camp page.
Neotropical migratory birds numbering in the millions are passing through our region, and if you are lucky or diligent enough, you might just catch a glimpse of some of these "feathered jewels"!
On September 16, a large contingent of birders led by Lynne Parks scoured the Augusta Springs wetlands, and after a while, hit upon a veritable gold mine of migrating warblers. Highlights of the day other than those shown below included Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrushes, Eastern Wood Pewee, and Eastern Phoebe.
The Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch had a great start to the 2023 fall season on August 15, with 15 raptors total and 5 different species (3 Bald Eagles, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 6 Broad-winged Hawks, 3 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Kestrel, and 1 unidentified)! Although the old Inn at Afton continues to deteriorate, the parking lot and grassy area remain clear and visiting hawk watchers will be welcome as usual. However, we have decided to cancel the annual Open House event due to the site conditions.
As fall migration season gets underway, the Augusta Bird Club is picking up the pace of field trips to local hot spots. On September 9, eight people went on a hike along the Shenandoah Mountain trail, but the best sighting of the day (a Ruffed Grouse) eluded our cameras, unfortunately.
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.