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Left to right: Loggerhead Shrike by Vic Laubach, Red-headed Woodpecker by Brenda Tekin, Summer Tanager by Ann Cline, Canada Warbler by Antonio Martinez, and Common Goldeneye by Jim Hill. Bald Eagle by Vic Laubach, Short-eared Owl by Allen Larner, Long-billed Dowitcher by Ann Cline, Golden-winged Warbler by Andrew Clem, and Pileated Woodpecker by Larry Litke.

The Augusta Bird Club was founded in 1966 and currently includes about 190 members from Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro, Virginia, as well as nearby areas. It holds meetings on the second Monday of each month (September - April) at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Staunton, and organizes frequent field trips as well as other events throughout the year. It is also active in a variety of educational and conservation endeavors in the local community. People who are interested in joining are welcome to attend one of our meetings!

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Upcoming events

The next Augusta Bird Club monthly meeting will be held at 7:00 on Monday, March 11, at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
SPEAKER: Bruce Peterjohn
PROGRAM: Everything you wanted to know about Hummingbirds but were afraid to ask

Date Destination / Name of event Meeting Place * Time Coordinator(s)
Sunday, March 3 Highland & Bath Counties Food Lion, N. Coalter St. in Staunton 7:45 Allen Larner

News of recent birding activities

Last news update: 26 Feb 2024

Rare western bird in the Blue Ridge!

Earlier this month, a Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (or possibly two) was spotted at the summit of Mount Pleasant in Amherst County. Ever since then, birders from the Augusta Bird Club and from all around Virginia have been driving to the Mount Pleasant National Scenic Area and making a challenging hike to the top in hopes of seeing the bird. One of our own members who succeeded was Mark Kosiewski, who saw it on Valentine's Day -- very appropriate for a species with "Rosy" as part of its name! All three species of Rosy Finches breed in the Rocky Mountains, and this appears to be the first-ever sighting of this species in Virginia.

by Andrew Clem

Gray-crowned Rosy Finch

Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, feasting on Mountain Ash berries, February 14; courtesy of Mark Kosiewski.

Birding in Belize

Ann Cline did some birding while traveling to Belize in January, and here are some of the highlights of what she saw:

Tiger Heron

Bare-throated Tiger Heron in Belize, mid-January; courtesy of Ann Cline.

Black-headed Trogon

Black-headed Trogon, in Belize, mid-January; courtesy of Ann Cline.

End-of-year bird photography

As the year 2023 approaches an end, let's look at some of the truly amazing bird photographs that have been taken in recent weeks and months by our members:

Barred Owl

Barred Owl on Bell's Lane on December 28; courtesy of Mark Kosiewski. (This was taken during the ABC bird walk led by Penny Warren.)

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk somewhere in Augusta County on December 13; courtesy of Bonnie Hughes.

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl on Bell's Lane on December 13; courtesy of Antonio Martinez.

Cuban Tody

Cuban Tody, somewhere in Cuba during November; courtesy of Antonio Martinez.

Lesson's Motmot

Lesson's Motmot in Guatemala last fall; courtesy of Lynne Parks.

2023 Oct 28
Dan Perkuchin, during a field trip along Bell's Lane, November 16, 2017.

Remembering Dan Perkuchin

One of the Augusta Bird Club's most devoted members, Dan Perkuchin, passed away last month. He had been active in the club since at least 2010, regularly participating in field trips, editing the 2016 edition of Birds of Augusta County, and playing a key role in the annual Christmas Bird Count and other bird surveys. He was known for being extremely careful in his record-keeping, and was a very kind and generous human being as well. His life of service was commemorated on December 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Waynesboro, and Bonnie Hughes shared some of her memories of birding with Dan. We are grateful for all that he did for the Augusta Bird Club over the years, and we will miss him very much.

by Andrew Clem

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Want more news? Read the latest Newsletter (or click on the image to the right),

edited by Rich Wood (since May 2023).

Last update: 25 Feb 2024

(Sample image on the right is the May 2023 issue.)

Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County

Just click on the image to the right. (PDF)
The 4th edition (2016), edited by Dan Perkuchin, replaces the 3rd (2008) edition Birds of Augusta County, which was edited by YuLee Larner. The 5th edition (2020) will be released soon.

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