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Mar 10, Apr 14
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
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
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Program for the March 10 meeting:
Doug Rogers, The Atlantic Puffin -- More Than a Life Bird
At the February 10 meeting of the Augusta Bird Club, Kevin Shank, the editor of Nature Friend magazine (www.naturefriendmagazine.org), discussed the special techniques he has developed over the years for photographing birds in flight. His particular interest is owls, and he showed many photos, most notably a Screech Owl repeatedly going after a mouse that was used as "bait." He explained how he got involved in the endeavor of bird photography, and how he and his family came to the magazine publishing business. At the end of the meeting, he shared copies Nature Friends with club members, and made available for sale books full of spectacular bird photographs.
The Snowy Owls seem to have left our area, but there are continuing reports of Red-necked Grebes and numerous uncommon ducks. White-winged Scoters linger in various local ponds, and Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Mergansers (which are not at all common in these parts) have been seen multiple times on Lake Shenandoah, east of Harrisonburg. In addition, a male Long-tailed Duck was seen on Willow Lake, south of Raphine.