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Oct 12, Nov 9
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RECENT BIRD ALERT:
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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Program for the October 12, 2015 meeting:
Birding in Arizona,
by Andrew Clem
Once again, we have had pretty good coverage by volunteers at the hawk watch at the Afton Inn at the scenic Rockfish Gap, just east of Waynesboro. Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas, Vic Laubach, and Gabriel Mapel are among the regular observers up there. At latest count, 10,328 Broad-winged Hawks, 405 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and 180 Ospreys, among many others, have passed through during this migration season. If you haven't been up there to see a Merlin suddenly zoom past out of nowhere, you don't know what you're missing!
For more information, see the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch Web site.
NOTE: Due to steady rains, this year's open house scheduled for Saturday, September 12th was canceled.
Besides all the raptors, we have been getting a fair number of passerine migrants as well. Distinguishing the "confusing fall warblers" from each other can be a challenge, but sometimes there's no doubt about it.
Among the unusual migrating shorebirds seen in this area last month were a Wilson's Phalarope, a Stilt Sandpiper, and a Baird's Sandpiper, all in the Stuarts Draft area.