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
|Destination / Name of event
|Meeting Place *
|Sunday, March 3
|Highland & Bath Counties
|Food Lion, N. Coalter St. in Staunton
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.
Ann Cline did some birding while traveling to Belize in January, and here are some of the highlights of what she saw:
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:
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.