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NONE, Sep 11
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
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.
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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
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.
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.
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:
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: