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Oct 13, Nov 10
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
On October 13, a Red Phalarope was spotted by William Leigh on a pond visible from Oakwood Lane about 1/4 mile from Route 11 in Mount Crawford, and it remained there for several days.
Last bird alert:
20 Oct 2014
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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.
Blue Ridge Young Birders
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Program for the October meeting:
Photographs of Global Wildlife
Speaker: Marshall Faintich
The 2014 Augusta Bird Club's bird seed sale is officially open for business! This is our one major fundraiser each year. This year, pick up day will be Saturday, October 18 (8:30 am - noon), and orders must be placed by Sunday, October 12.
We are using a new online store/shopping cart (at google.com) that allows you to pay either with a credit card or with PayPal. In either case, the transaction is securely managed through PayPal, not through the Bird Club. We welcome your feedback on how well the site works for you.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Just email us at ABCSeedSale@gmail.com.
Ever since the 2014 season at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch got underway on August 15. Brenda Tekin, Vic Laubach, Gabriel Mapel, and Rose are among the regular observers, often assisted by others, and joined by visitors from all around the area on most days. During the third week in September, over 1,000 Broad-winged Hawks were seen every day, but those numbers have begun to decline. Besides the numerous hawks, eagles, and falcons passing overhead, the crew keeps tabs on various songbirds and Monarch butterflies migrating through as well.
On Sunday, September 14, a special event called "Where the Raptors Soar! A Day at the Hawk Watch" was held, replacing the previous open house. It was very successful with a big turnout of visitors, at least 111, including many younger folks learning about raptors and migration, learning about what we do, how we do it, and why. The by the Wildlife Center of Virginia gave a raptor presentation, including some live raptors! Free refreshments were provided, and educational materials and mounted raptor specimens were on display. Thanks to all those who worked to set up this big event, which does so much to raise public awareness.
The Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch is held on the grounds of the Inn at Afton, located right off I-64 (exit 99) at the intersections of Rt 250, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, see www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org.
The team of Allen Larner, Ed & Nancy Lawler (known collectively as "Augusta Old Coots Gone Wild") did the Special Venue at Chincoteague for this year's Kiptopeake Challenge. We spent 14 hours in the field in and around Chincoteague. Our total species topped 96 for the day. On the refuge at the woodland trail in the parking lot we had a Barn Owl calling. At the causeway there were over 350 White Ibises. We saw five species of Terns on the same sandbar at Toms Cove, and ten Warbler species altogether, along with American Wigeon, Black Scoter, Northern Pintail, and all of the Herons and Egrets. As for Shorebirds, we saw Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet, and Marbled Godwit. Finally, we saw all three species of Falcons, and a Northern Harrier.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has begun a "BirdCast" service, helping birders keep up with the latest movements in bird migration. See birdcast.info.
Andrew Clem went on a birding expedition to the deserts of Arizona this summer, and here are some of the photographic highlights: