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(this month and next)
Nov 13, Dec 18
(NOTE: The Christmas Party will take place one week later than usual this year.)
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
On Sept. 14, two Red-necked Phalaropes were seen by Allen Larner at the pond across the road on the north side of the Target Distribution Center in Stuarts Draft.
Last bird alert:
14 Sep 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.
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Program for December 18* meeting:
Annual Christmas party,
plus Augusta County Christmas Bird Count tabulation
*(NOTE: One week later than usual!)
Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: TBA
Thursday, October 26 at the Yelping Dog, downtown Staunton, starting at 6:00 PM; please RSVP to Peter Van Acker. Stable Craft Brewery, 375 Madrid Rd, Waynesboro, VA 22980
On Thursday November 16, seven members of the Augusta Bird Club conducted a fun and rewarding field trip to Bell's Lane, on the northeast edge of Staunton. On the farm pond by the south end we saw several Ruddy Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, American Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes. From there we walked all the way to the high point of Bell's Lane, from whence we saw Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlins, Green-winged Teals, Hooded Mergansers, Gadwalls, and Northern Shovelers. We also had nice views of Red-tailed Hawks, and a Northern Harrier was seen in the distance. Other highlights included Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Eastern Bluebirds, Robins, and Golden-crowned Kinglets.
Prior to the November meeting, the Augusta Bird Club held its first annual Members Arts and Crafts Sale, starting at 6:00 PM. It was a big success, helping fund Club activities. For the program, Bob Schamerhorn gave a presentation on "Birds of Prey," with dozens of high-quality photographs and video clips of hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and vultures.
Thanks to all who picked up their bird seed Saturday October 21st. Thanks to Linda for arranging for our facility and those who helped load the cars/trucks for the pick-up. Thanks especially to Crista who did the major task in setting up the order blanks and the ordering system. Thanks also to Lisa who collected the money and will pay the taxes on our income. We did order some extra just in case any orders came up short and so we have extra for sale. I have 4-20# bags of Augusta Mix and 2-25 # bags of Black Oil Sunflower. In addition I have Woodpecker, Hi-energy, and Peanut Butter suet. The only birdfeeders I have are the small Standard. As for Nyjer seed I have 10# bags. There are some leftover seeds from last year that we will sell at cost and those are 10# and 20# Nyjer, a 20# Safflower and a 20# Sunflower chip. If you are interested in purchasing any of these seeds call me at 337-0471 or 448-5393 and I will bring them to the next meeting. Thanks again for ordering and a special shout out to the students who helped us on pick up day.
The weather could not have been nicer on the day when folks picked up their bags of bird seed at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona on October 21. Thanks to all those who made this year's sale a big success, once again.
On Wednesday, October 18, nine members of the Augusta Bird Club conducted a field trip to McCormick's Farm in Raphine, Va. We enjoyed a cool, crisp morning with lots of sunshine. Most interesting were trees filled with migrating Yellow- rumped Warblers. It was exciting to welcome back the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and the White-throated Sparrows, along with the Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 37 species were recorded altogether.