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A Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur have been seen with a Horned Lark flock in fields next to the intersection of Strickley Road and Custard Lane in northeast Augusta County. Since early December, Short-eared Owls have been seen at dusk in the northwest portion of Bell's Lane. A Northern Harrier has been in that general area on a regular basis since early November.

Last bird alert:

27 Dec 2016

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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.

"50 for 50" sponsors

As part of the celebration of the August Bird Club's 50th Anniversary, we are holding a drawing for a door prize at each of our meetings during the 2016-2017 year. You must be a club member and present at the meeting to be eligible. "50 for 50" refers to the usual value ($50) of the door prize, though in some cases it may worth more than that. We appreciate the donations from area business establishments, and encourage our members to patronize them.

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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner. We still have copies available for a small donation; if interested, please contact Dan Perkuchin. They may also be found at local public libraries and school libraries.

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Last news update: 17 Feb 2017

Program for March 2017 meeting:
Baby Bird Identification
Maureen Eiger

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be:
5:30 P.M., February 23 at Basic City Brewery,
1010 E. Main Street Waynesboro, VA
(Note the new location!) on Tuesday, November 29th, 6:00 P.M. at Yelping Dog, 9 East Beverley Street in downtown Staunton.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 17 (Friday) through 20 (Monday): The Augusta Bird Club invites local individuals and families to join tens of thousands of volunteers to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which is co-sponsored by Cornell Lab and the Audubon Society. Make observations at your backyard feeders and submit data online at gbbc.birdcount.org. This is an easy citizen science project that is great for families and kids.

New Zealand Birding Trip

Last November and December, Ed and Nancy Lawler took a trip to New Zealand, where they went birding in a wide variety of habitats, both on land and on sea. Here is just a sample of the photos they took:

Fiordland Penguins

Fiordland Penguins.

Fiordland Penguins

Southern Brown Kiwi.

New Zealand Fantail

New Zealand Fantail.

North Island Saddleback

North Island Saddleback.

Salvins, Royal, White-capped Albatross

Salvins Albatross, Royal Albatross, & White-capped Albatross.

Meanwhile, back in the U.S. of A.:

Owls all around

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl, Jan. 19 on Bell's Lane.

Barred Owl

Barred Owl, Jan. 11; photo courtesy of Elaine Carwile.

Waynesboro CBC 2016

January 2 dawned gray and rainy, but 27 intrepid birders in 11 parties set out to cover their assigned territories for the 52nd annual Waynesboro Christmas Bird Count, which was established in 1965. Despite intermittent rain and fog and what felt like a rather slow day, participants identified 78 species including one new to the count: a Sandhill Crane found by Jo King, Dan Perkuchin, Carroll Lisle, and Marietta Beverage. Other highlights included a high count of Horned Grebes (5) found by two parties: Peter and Angela Nebel; and Melissa Druff with Pat Grabowski, Ellen Kell, and Crista Cabe. The highest number of species tallied was an honor shared by two teams, both with totals of 37 species: Grant Simmons and Brenda Walters, and Rick Keyser and Kate Jensen. Gabriel Mapel, Vic Laubach, and Baxter Beamer found this year's only Barn Owl and American Woodcock. And Elaine Carwile with Elizabeth and Jim Reed found the Black-crowned Night Heron in Waynesboro.

by Crista Cabe

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