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Dec 9, Jan 14
Generally, the second Monday of each month. For more information, see the Meetings page.
RECENT BIRD ALERT:
Snowy Owls have been reported since late November at various locations in the region, including Rockingham County and Shenandoah County. In particular, there have been sightings along Coakley Town Road northwest of the town of Dayton, and along Cecil Wampler Road, just North of Mount Crawford off Route 11.
Last bird alert:
07 Dec 2013
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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 14 meeting:
Cerulean Warblers, by Katie Fallon.
One of the joys of winter is watching a variety of resident and migratory birds feeding outside your window. The Augusta Bird Club's annual seed sale is the perfect opportunity to stock up on new crop, premium quality food for all those Goldfinches, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, Wrens, Doves, and Sparrows -- not to mention rarer winter visitors like Purple Finches and Pine Siskins. (We left out Starlings, Grackles, and Jays, as at least some bird club members would prefer they ate elsewhere.) By purchasing your supply of seed from the bird club, you also help to send kids to Nature Camp and support a variety of important education and conservation projects. So order now!
Once again you may order online at google.com, or else print a copy of the Bird Seed Order Form (PDF) and fill it out. If you have questions or would like additional copies of the flyer to share with friends, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crista Cabe at 540-255-4677.
We need your help to get the word out: Please share the link and/or hand out flyers to friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and members of your civic and religious organizations. Post to Facebook and Tweet about us. Help us bring in new customers!
A note about pricing: In just about every case we are able to offer prices that are on the low end of local availability, and lower than the best available online price (especially considering shipping costs). Prices are especially competitive for suet cakes, Squirrel Buster feeders, nyjer (thistle), peanuts, and sunflower chips. Please support our club's efforts.
On Friday, September 13, five members of the Augusta Bird Club went on a field trip to Sweet Briar College, located in Amherst County. They were given a guided tour of the college's nature trails, courtesy of Prof. Michael Hayslett, the Naturalist-in-Residence who runs a special "vernal pools" conservation research program (www.virginiavernalpools.org) and other environmental endeavors at the college. They first inspected the grassland area of the campus, spotting many Killdeers, Bluebirds, Chipping Sparrows, and Phoebes. They then took a series of short walks to the lakes, hardwood forest, and a wetlands area that has a boardwalk. The highlights in those areas were a Common Yellowthroat, a Magnolia Warbler, and a Chestnut-sided Warbler, as well as a House Wren, some Brown Thrashers, the usual woodpeckers, etc. One rather special sighting was a Queen Snake (about three feet long) on a low-hanging tree branch. If there is sufficient interest, we may do another such field trip next spring.
The 2013 Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch had a terrific Open House on Saturday, September 14. The turnout was incredible with over 130 visitors of all ages who braved the chilly, windy but sunny weather! Everyone had a terrific time eating hotdogs, learning about raptors and migration, viewing up-close raptor specimens and watching more than 300 migrating raptors!
Photos from our open house and other days at Rockfish Gap can be viewed at: smugmug.com