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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

On August 19, a young Mississippi Kite made a brief appearance in a tree top on the north side of Staunton.

Last bird alert:

19 Aug 2016

Due to a wave of spam attacks, this Web site feature has been disabled for the time being. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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.


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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner. Copies may be found at local public libraries and school libraries.

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News

Last news update: 25 Aug 2016

Program for the September, 2016 meeting: Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be on Tuesday, August 30th, 6:00 PM at Yelping Dog, 9 East Beverley Street in downtown Staunton.

Open House poster 2016

50th anniversary display

As part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Augusta Bird Club, several of our members have put together a display at the Staunton public library. It features descriptions of the club's various activities, photos of birds and birders, field guides, a bluebird box, birding paraphernalia, as well as nests and bird specimens graciously loaned for this purpose by the Biology Department at Mary Baldwin College. Plan to see it yourself before it closes at the end of August, or take a look at the online preview.

50th anniversary library display

Photo courtesy of Penny Warren.


Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch needs your help

Like raptors? Like to count migrating raptors? The Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch was founded in 1976 to identify and count migrating raptors each fall from August 15 to November 30. Our hawk watch is located on Afton Mountain at the site of the Inn at Afton, easily accessible from Interstate 64. Because we are a small group of volunteers, we sometimes have difficulty in keeping the watch covered on a day-to-day basis, especially week days. This fall I am especially concerned that too many days might go uncovered due to a diminishing number of volunteer counters with cooperative schedules. Thus I am putting out a general call for help to all those who would consider volunteering their help with the raptor count this fall. To be an official counter, one must be able to accurately identify all of the expected raptor species that migrate down the eastern U.S. (There are 13 common species and 2 uncommon species.) In addition, one must be able to scan and locate/identify raptors in the sky, both near and far. If you aren't skilled to this level but have interest in becoming a counter, we can provide the training to do so, don't worry. The season is almost here! It's more fun to count migrating raptors with others, so also consider teaming up with a friend. If you have any interest, know someone who may be interested, or have any questions, please contact me as soon as possible.

Vic Laubach
Coordinator, Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Email: laubach@virginia.edu

Green Herons breeding in Staunton

Outgoing club president Penny Warren has reported seeing multiple Green Herons in the Bell's Lane area on a few occasions this summer, and last week she saw several Green Heron fledglings -- proof of successful breeding within the Staunton city limits! They are located in the ravine near the north end of Bell's Lane, next to the entrance to the Days Inn motel. It has become flooded over the last several months thanks to a beaver dam.

Green Herons

Green Heron juveniles, on Bell's Lane, July 21.



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