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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

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.


"50 for 50" sponsors

As part of the celebration of the August Bird Club's 50th Anniversary, we are holding a drawing for a door prize at each of our meetings during the 2016-2017 year. You must be a club member and present at the meeting to be eligible. "50 for 50" refers to the usual value ($50) of the door prize, though in some cases it may worth more than that. We appreciate the donations from area business establishments, and encourage our members to patronize them.

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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner. We still have copies available for a small donation; if interested, please contact Dan Perkuchin. They may also be found at local public libraries and school libraries.

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News

Last news update: 24 Apr 2017

Annual spring breakfast and bird hike:
Saturday May 6, at Lofton Lake
197 Lofton Lake Lane, Raphine, VA. (Directions to follow...)

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be:
6:00 p.m., Monday, April 24th
Bedlam Brewing, 2303 N. Augusta Street (the former Ma and Pa's pizza shop), Staunton.
Those who plan to be attend should RSVP to Penny by Thursday or Friday this week, if possible.


Earth Day 2017

The Augusta Bird Club has participated in several Earth Day-related events over the past week. On Tuesday April 18, we did our annual roadside cleanup along Bell's Lane, fulfilling our club's responsibility that comes from getting official "sponsor" status from the City of Staunton. Four members and one other volunteer spent over two hours retrieving litter, and it was covered on WHSV Channel 3. (Watch the video here.)

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Warren Faught and Darrell Schwalm at the Bells Lane cleanup.

Kites 'n Critters bird walkers

Andrew Clem, Steve Talley, Caroline Burns Sheridan, and Darrel Schwalm at the Bells Lane cleanup

Earth Day itself was Saturday April 22, but drizzle and light rain essentially cancelled the two field trips that were scheduled in the morning. Because of the weather, the informational table for the public was set up inside the gymnasium in Gypsy Hill Park, rather than the bandstand. The theme for the 2017 Earth Day Festival was, appropriately enough, "We're For the Birds!"

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Linda Matkins was running the Earth Day table; Allen Larner, Darrell Schwalm, and Joel Thompason are in the background.

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During the event, Earth Day Coordinator Caroline Burns Sheridan presented "Earth Day Hero" awards to Grant Simmons (past President of the Augusta Bird Club), Penny Warren (past ABC President), and current ABC President Peter Van Acker.

Finally, Sunday April 23 was the "Kites 'n Kritters" event from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Carolyn Moore Ford's farm on Bell's Lane. Andrew Clem led a bird walk to the beaver dam, with over a dozen eager participants of all ages. We saw an Eastern Kingbird, an Eastern Meadowloark, three kinds of swallows, several Solitary Sandpipers, a Lesser Yellowlegs, some Blue-winged Teals, as well as two Killdeers.

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The center of activity for Kites 'n Critters was in the barn.

Kites 'n Critters bird walkers

Kites 'n Critters bird walkers.


Raptorthon 2017

On Saturday, April 15, team "Fly Like an Eagle!" from Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (Vic Laubach, Gabriel Mapel and Baxter Beamer) had a fun and successful 5th annual Raptorthon! Thank you to all of our sponsors! This year we spent 14 hours in the field covering 220 miles birding from pre-dawn to dusk throughout Augusta and Rockingham Counties. We ended up with a total of 96 species including 13 raptor species. If interested, you can view a map of our trip with some photos here: http://rblr.co/RRbH.

(Excerpted from the report by Vic Laubach which will appear in the May ABC bulletin.)

Raptorthon 2017 Vic, Baxter, Gabriel

The Raptorthon 2017 team: Vic Laubach, Baxter Beamer, Gabriel Mapel.


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