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On February 24, an apparent Smith's Longspur was seen near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, along with several Lapland Longspurs and many Horned Larks. Since January, a Trumpeter Swan and one or two Tundra Swans have been seen at or near Silver Lake, near Dayton in Rockingham County.

Last bird alert:

24 Feb 2015

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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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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Nearly all copies of the third edition of Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner have been sold out, and the remainder can be purchased at our meetings for the reduced price of $5.00. You can still find copies at several local public libraries and school libraries.

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Last news update: 15 May 2015

Saturday, May 16th, 8:00 AM:
Annual "Birding & Brunch" get-together
Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mount Solon, VA
We will bird for an hour or so and then gather for food about 9:00 or so. The club will provide drinks, plates and utensils. We are asking everyone to bring a dish to share. Feel free to bring your families.

Field trips on Bell's Lane

During the first half of May, club President Penny Warren has been leading walks on Bells Lane to see what spring migration might bring. Among the highlights from these field trips have been: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Blackpoll Warbler.

Willow Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher, on Bell's Lane, May 15, 2015.

Earth Day 2015

Once again, Augusta Bird Club Conservation Committee Chairman Darrell Schwalm is helping to organize events for Earth Day in our area. The main event will be Earth Day Staunton Expo on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until noon, in downtown Staunton at the Sunspots Pavilion on Byers Street. The Expo features family-oriented conservation oriented exhibits and entertainment. The Augusta Bird Club will have an exhibit table at which children can make their own pine cone / peanut butter bird feeders.

In addition, on Wednesday, April 22, John Spahr will do a presentation on "Owls: Birds of Mystery and Majesty," at 7:30 p.m. in the Staunton Public Library. The presentation, sponsored by the Augusta Bird Club, will explore man's association with owls, as well as some of the unique anatomic and behavioral aspects of these curious birds.

For information on all the other Earth Day events taking place, see earthdaystaunton.org.

Spring migration has begun

Local photographer Marshall Faintich recently paid a visit to Waynesboro and nearby areas, and captured some vivid images of nature at its best. For more photos taken that day, see Marshall's blog, symbolicmessengers.com.

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe, April 9, 2015. Courtesy of Marshall Faintich.

Broad-winged Hawk, snake

Broad-winged Hawk eating a snake, April 9, 2015. Courtesy of Marshall Faintich.

Bobwhite restoration

At the March 9 meeting, Justin Folks of the Virginia Department of Games and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) spoke about the state's Bobwhite restoration program. The population of Bobwhites in much of the United States declined drastically during the latter part of the 20th Century, as more and more rural land was developed, thus depriving the ground-nesting birds of their special habitat requirements. DGIF officials are working with landowners to encourage more natural landscaping, with the right kind of vegetative cover for the birds. For more information, see dgif.virginia.gov/quail/ or bringbackbobwhites.org.

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