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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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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: 19 Jun 2015

Highland County field trip

Last Saturday, June 13, Allen Larner organized and led a field trip to Highland County for six members and guests of the Augusta Bird Club. It was a great day to be in the mountains with cooler temps, a little bit of rain but that cooled things even a bit more, and the Mountain Laurel was in its full glory ... absolutely astonishing.... and the Rhododendron is starting to bud. We had a total of 74 species, if I have calculated things correctly, and out of that we had 14 warbler species. Here are some of the highlights:

All in all, it was a wonderful day of birding in Highland. All of us thanked Allen for arranging and for leading, and for sharing his great birding skills!

(Condensed version of e-mail report sent by Penny Warren.)

O'Bryans' house, Highland County

Field trip participants were graciously welcomed by the O'Bryans to their home in Highland County.

Bobolink, male

Bobolink (male), west of Blue Grass, VA, June 13, 2015.

Annual "Birding & Brunch"

On Saturday, May 16, the Augusta Bird Club held its annual "Birding & Brunch" picnic at the Natural Chimneys Regional Park in Mount Solon. The group birded for an hour or so and then gathered for food and conversation. Among the highlights from the brief walk was: Yellow-throated Vireo, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Pine Warbler, and Blackpoll Warbler.

ABC picnic - Natural Chimneys

ABC picnic at Natural Chimneys.

Yellow-throatedVireo at Natural Chimneys

Yellow-throated Vireo in a tree top at Natural Chimneys.

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