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Apr 14,
Picnic: Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m.


Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.


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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

Male and female White-winged Scoters have been seen since late January, in ponds near Fishersville and the Eagles Nest Airport in Waynesboro. Also, one of the Snowy Owls that has been seen around the White Wave plant just North of Mount Crawford off Route 11 is still seen intermittently, but the one that regularly stayed along Cecil Wampler Road seems to be gone.

Last bird alert:

04 Feb 2014

Due to a wave of spam attacks, this Web site feature has been disabled for the time being. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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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News

Last news update: 05 Apr 2014

Program for the April 14 meeting:
Ed Clark, Reinventing the Wildlife Center of Virginia


Springing into action!

Spring is finally here, and with it comes a busy schedule for Augusta County birders. In addition to the field trips which have been planned, there are several other community-related activities:

Saturday, April 12 is Earth Day, and the Augusta Bird Club will have an informational table set up in the Sunspots Parking Lot, from 9 a.m. until noon. Once again, Catherine Kohus (and perhaps others) will be working with children to make pine cone bird seed feeders.

On Sunday, April 13 there will be a special "Kites and Critters" event at Ford Farm on Bell's Lane, from 1:00 - 5 p.m. It will feature family-oriented exhibits and hands-on activities relating to conservation and farm practices.

On Monday, April 14 there will be a trash clean-up on Bell's Lane, which our club has "adopted." Interested members should arrive (at the end closer to town) by 9:00 a.m.

Finally, BIG SPRING DAY -- when birders here and around the country tally the number of birds they see at the peak of migration season -- will be held on Sunday, April 27.

NOTE: On May 4th at 3:00pm, we will be having our annual May picnic gathering, but instead of being at the park in Staunton or Waynesboro in the morning, as in the past, this year we will be congregating at Natural Chimneys, in northern Augusta County.


Still more unusual birds show up

As the long, harsh winter came to end at last, we experienced some very nice side-effects of the extreme weather in terms of migratory birds that aren't often seen in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition to those pictured below, there have been reports of a Snow Goose, a Ross's Goose, several Eared Grebes, and even a Purple Gallinule that was taken to the Virginia Wildlife Center after being attacked by a cat in Waynesboro. (See wildlifecenter.org.) It is the first bird of that species ever recorded in Augusta County, and we all hope it fully recovers!

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes (note the red forehead patch), west of Harrisonburg, March 13.

Tundra Swans

Tundra Swans, on Bell's Lane, March 18.

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow, near the Day's Inn on Bell's Lane, on March 26.


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