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Just click on the image above. 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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Last news update: 06 Oct 2020

Because of the coronavirus, all Augusta Bird Club members are urged to abide by social distancing guidelines and mask wearing, in keeping with Governor Northam's emergency order. The ABC Board will be meeting in August to discuss the seed sale, field trips, and meetings. All members will be notified of our plans. In the meanwhile, stay safe and enjoy fall migrations.
There wil be a SPECIAL "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour in honor of ABC founding member Grant Simmons, who will soon be moving away from our area. It will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 pm, at the Mill Street Grill in Staunton.

Please RSVP to Crista Cabe at cristacabe@gmail.com.

Augusta Bird Club annual seed sale:
open for business!!!

After a slight postponement for reasons beyond our control, our annual fall bird seed sale is officially open for business! The order deadline is Friday, October 30, and the pickup date is Saturday, November 7, at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona, as usual.

Fall is definitely here

If you had any doubt about the change of season, the recent cold snap should convince you that fall has arrived. Will that mean the migrating birds will be in a hurry to get to their tropical wintering grounds? You never know what surprises you'll find. Time's a-wastin'!


Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female or juvenile), seen at the Augusta Bird Club field trip to Ramsey's Draft on September 27; photo courtesy of Ann Cline.

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager (female or juvenile) on Bell's Lane, where this species is hardly ever seen; photo taken September 15.

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler (male), seen at the Augusta Bird Club field trip to Augusta Springs on September 5; photo courtesy of Tom Roberts.

Summer turns to fall?

Human beings (at least those in the northern hemisphere) regard August as the climax of the summer season, but many bird species such as sandpipers and other shorebirds are already beginning to migrate south. Casual birders should also keep an eye out for Great Egrets, Glossy Ibises, and other wading birds that tend to wander outside their breeding range this time of year.

Acadian Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher, along the North River Gorge trail; photo taken July 12.

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Photos at the top of this page (left to right): 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.

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