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Birds of Augusta County:
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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.

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Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo in Stokesville on June 17.


Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler, on Wimer's Mountain Rd. in Highland County, June 15, courtesy of Ann Cline.


Hooded Warbler

Hooded Warbler, on Shenandoah Mountain trail (south of Confederate Breastworks), June 12, courtesy of Ann Cline.


Hearthstone Lake field trip

On Saturday June 8, four members of the Augusta Bird Club (Dan Perkuchin, Ann Cline, and Roz Holt, and Andrew Clem) went on a field trip to the Hearthstone Lake area in the northern reaches of Augusta County. This was arranged to support the 2nd Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas project (VABBA-2), an important project that is being coordinated in this area by John Spahr. The air was cool and the skies were overcast, but it didn't rain until later in the day. The group stopped at various trail heads along Tillman Rd., up until the Hearthstone Lake dam construction site, where the road is closed. Among the highlights were a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched at the top of the very same bare tree branch it had been four days earlier, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Pine Warbler that was carrying food (an indicator of probable breeding), multiple Acadian Flycatchers, Hooded Warblers (one carrying food), Scarlet Tanagers (probable mated pair), and a Black-and-white Warbler. Others that we heard only included Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Worm-eating Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-headed Vireos, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewees, and Wood Thrushes. Near the dam itself were two Bald Eagles, one an apparent mature adult and the other either a second- or third-year bird. We listened for some sign of the American Woodcocks that had been seen near there on May 18, without success. On our way out of the area, we paused to take a look at an Eastern Phoebe at a stream crossing, and noticed three Cedar Waxwings bathing. We ended our visit to the Hearthstone Lake area with 26 species total. Many thanks to Dan Perkuchin for keeping close track of our observations.

Afterwards the group drove up to Reddish Knob, located several miles to the west-northwest. Highlights there included Cedar Waxwing, Chestnut-sided Warblers, an Eastern Towhee, and a Common Yellowthroat. Near the summit, we finally heard a Black-throated Green Warbler, and saw some Dark-eyed Juncos and an American Redstart.

by Andrew Clem

Montage 8 Jun 2019

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Indigo Bunting (M), Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler (M), Chestnut-sided Warbler (M), Cedar Waxwings, Acadian Flycatcher, and (in center) Eastern Phoebe and Pine Warbler (M). (June 8, 2019 )


Annual picnic on Blue Ridge Parkway

For the second year in a row, the Augusta Bird Club's annual brunch picnic was held at the Humpback Rocks picnic area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and turnout for the June 1st event was very large once again. Members brought a wide assortment of delicious foods, and went for birding walks in two separate groups. The weather was very pleasant, and a number of interesting and colorful birds made an appearance.

Picnickers

SEE MORE PHOTOS:
>> Picnic table 1 >> Picnic table 2 >> Picnic table 3 >> Picnic table 4

Montage 1 Jun 2019

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cerulean Warbler (M), Eastern Phoebe, Scarlet Tanager (M), American Redstart (M), Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting (M), Black-and-White Warbler (M), and American Redstart (1st-yr. M). (June 1, 2019 )



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