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During the first two weeks of April, Wilson's Snipes, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teals, and Gadwalls have all been seen in the beaver pond along the north part of Bell's Lane.

Last bird alert:

12 Apr 2017

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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.

"50 for 50" sponsors

As part of the celebration of the August Bird Club's 50th Anniversary, we are holding a drawing for a door prize at each of our meetings during the 2016-2017 year. You must be a club member and present at the meeting to be eligible. "50 for 50" refers to the usual value ($50) of the door prize, though in some cases it may worth more than that. We appreciate the donations from area business establishments, and encourage our members to patronize them.

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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner. We still have copies available for a small donation; if interested, please contact Dan Perkuchin. They may also be found at local public libraries and school libraries.

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Last news update: 11 Aug 2017

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: TBA
6:00 PM, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Shenandoah Valley Brewing, 103 W Beverley St. in Staunton

Where the Raptors Soar!
A Day at the Hawk Watch

Each fall over 20,000 raptors migrate through Rockfish Gap, and we count them all! Come join us at our 6th annual OPEN HOUSE on September 9th as we witness this great migration and enjoy a fun day of family events including:

Bring a lawn chair, hat, sunscreen and binoculars. Pets are discouraged because of live raptors on site.

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch is located on Afton Mountain on the grounds of the Inn at Afton just off exit 99 (intersection of I-64, Rt 250, Skyline Drive, and Blue Ridge Parkway). Rain date: Saturday, Sep 16.

Crossbills at the crossroads

Red Crossbill M

Red Crossbill (male), one of several in a group at the crossroads near Reddish Knob on July 16. (Courtesy of Ann Cline.)

House Wren house

House Wrens feeding

House Wren feeding the young. Taken by Starke Smith in Salem, Virginia.

Field trip to McCormick's Mill

On June 28 the Augusta Bird Club had a field trip at McCormick's Mill in Raphine, Virginia, with 12 members attending. A total of 41 species were recorded, with a special sighting of a Baltimore Oriole nest with adults attending the nest. Many thanks to Betty Gatewood for locating the nest for us. Lots of excitement seeing the Kingbirds, Phoebes, Cedar Waxwings, and the Wood-Pewees. Thanks to Andrew Clem for his great ears in hearing the Grasshopper Sparrow and then locating the bird for the group. It is always fulfilling to hear Towhees, and Indigo Buntings. And last but not least the Orchard Orioles.

by Josephine King


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eastern Towhee (M), Osprey*, Baltimore Oriole (F), Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Great Blue Heron, Canada Geese*, and to right of center, Cedar Waxwing. (Taken June 28, at McCormick's Mill and *Willow Lake.)

Golden-winged Warbler

A return trip to Highland County nine days after the June 3 field trip finally yielded a good view of the elusive Golden-winged Warbler:

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler, near the home of the late Margaret O'Bryan, north of Blue Grass, Virginia. (June 12, 2017)

Highland County field trip

The Augusta Bird Club's annual late-spring field trip to Highland County led by Allen Larner (on Saturday, June 3) took place under ideal weather conditions, and was well-attended, as usual. We saw nearly all of the "target species" except for Bald Eagles, though we only had brief glimpses of a Golden-winged Warbler and a Mourning Warbler. A full report on the event is being prepared. Here are some of the highlights from the trip:

Montage 03 Jun 2017

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bobolink, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow Warbler, and (in center) Grasshopper Sparrow.

Allen, others at Confederate Breastworks

Brief stop at Confederate Breastworks.

Folks, cars, Snowy Mountain

The first major stop was at the home of the late Margaret O'Bryan, near Snowy Mountain.

Straight Fork wetlands

Straight Fork wetlands, where we saw a Least Flycatcher.

Bridge on Laurel Fork

Ed and Nancy Lawler, at the Bridge over Laurel Fork.

Lunch break at Laurel Fork

Lunch break at Laurel Fork, in the midst of a rhododendron forest where Canada Warblers regularly breed.

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