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On May 11, the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watchers team (Vic Laubach, Penny Warren, Rich Wood, and Ezra Staengl) conducted our 10th annual Raptorthon to raise funds for the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) and our local Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. We spent the day birding in Highland and Augusta Counties, ending up with 98 species total, including 15 warblers and 7 raptors (Barred Owl, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, and Cooper's, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks). The weather was beautiful: sunny all day with light breezes and gradually warming in the afternoon.
by Vic Laubach
Mourning Warbler in Highland County on May 11; photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.
Young Bald Eagle in Highland County on May 11; photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.
Raptorthon 2022 participants: Vic Laubach, Penny Warren, Rich Wood, and Ezra Staengl.
Recent bird sightings of note
Magnolia Warbler (M), along Bell's Lane on May 9.
Baltimore Oriole (M), along Bell's Lane on May 9.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (F), in Stuarts Draft on May 9. Photo courtesy of Brenda Tekin.
Red-headed Woodpecker, in Stuarts Draft on May 7. Photo courtesy of Brenda Tekin.
Boblinks (M) along Bell's Lane on May 6. Photo courtesy of Ann Cline.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Pileated woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (M), Indigo bunting (M) with Blue Jay, Eastern Towhee (M) and Northern Cardinal (F), at the home of Sandy Lyon in Lone Fountain on May 5. Photos courtesy of Bonnie Rhyder.
Kites n Kritters 2022
The weather was almost perfect for the 2022 Kites n Kritters event held in the Bell's Lane area on April 23. The Augusta Bird Club was among many local participating organizations devoted to environmental issues and wildlife conservation.
Birding ventures to other parts of the world
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Blackbird, European Robin,
Syrian Woodpecker, Eurasian Green Woodpecker and Hooded Crow, in various parts of the Republic of Georgia in December; photos courtesy of Penny Warren.
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, in Colombia in December; photo courtesy of Lynne Parks.
"Mystery bird" (stay tuned!), in Colombia December; photo courtesy of Lynne Parks.
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