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A male Baltimore Oriole has been seen in Waynesboro since at least late January. As many as seven Short-eared Owls have been seen on a regular basis in the late afternoon or early evenings in the Bell's Lane area since the end of November. And on December 29, a Trumpeter Swan was spotted by Elaine Carwile in a pond adjacent to Route 254 on the northwest edge of Waynesboro. It has remained there for over two weeks...

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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: 10 May 2018

Saturday, June 9th: ABC spring picnic brunch,
at Humpback Rocks Picnic Area, Blue Ridge Parkway

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: (TBA) Thursday April 26, at Plaza Azteca, 23 Windigrove Dr. in Waynesboro, beginning at 6:00 PM. Plaza Azteca is just off Rosser Avenue/Rt. 340 and Exit 94.
Sorrel's Lounge in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton on March 26 at 6:00 PM. RSVP to Peter Van Acker by March 22. 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27 at the Depot at 42 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton. Please RSVP by February 26 to Peter Van Acker.
6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 30 at the Fishin' Pig, 117 Apple Tree Lane, in Waynesboro. (It's just off I-64 next to the Best Western.)
Thursday, October 26 at the Yelping Dog, downtown Staunton, starting at 6:00 PM; please RSVP to Peter Van Acker. Stable Craft Brewery, 375 Madrid Rd, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Birds of Augusta County: new edition!

The complete updated Birds of Augusta County (2016) is now available online: BAC_2016_4th_Ed_Hist_Doc-eBird_seq.pdf

Many thanks to Dan Perkuchin for all the work he put into bringing our records up to date!

Peak spring migration season is here!

If you haven't been outside looking for birds lately, you'd better hurry!

Montage 9 May 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Black-throated Green Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (M & F), Chestnut-siided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Red-headed Woodpecker.
(on Betsy Bell Hill, May 9.)

Green Heron

Green Heron (on Bell's Lane, May 7, courtesy of Ann Cline.)

Montage 7 May 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Orchard Orioles (1st-year male and adult male), Scarlet Tanager, Yellow Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Eastern Wood Pewee, and Red-tailed Hawk.
(on Bell's Lane and Betsy Bell Hill, May 7.)

Riverfest 2018

Riverfest 2018 - South River
Riverfest 2018 - Linda Matkins
Riverfest 2018 - Bonnie Hughes

Linda Matkins (upper photo) and Bonnie Hughes (lower photo) were among those helping at the Augusta Bird Club's table during Riverfest, April 28, 2018.

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager, near Heathsville, VA in early May; courtesy of Ann Cline.

Montage 7 May 2018

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, at Augusta Springs, April 30.

McCormick's Farm field trip

April 18 was a good day for a field trip to McCormick's Farm in Raphine, Virginia. Nine birders conducted a walk for the Augusta Bird Club. Altogether, 41 species were noted. Observing the male and female Red-bellied Woodpecker at their nest hole was a beautiful sight, as were the five Blue-winged Teal. The Green Heron gave us all a fun show as well.

by Jo King

Montage 18 Apr 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Green Heron, American Goldfinch, 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds, Blue-winged Teal, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Osprey.
(At the McCormick's Farm field trip on April 18.).

McCormick's Mill Apr 2018

LEFT TO RIGHT: Mark and Betty Gatewood, Elaine Carwile, Dan Perkuchin, (?), Jo King, and Diane Holsinger, at the McCormick's Mill field trip on April 18.

Ridgeview Park field trip

On April 14, three ABC members went on a field trip to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, followed by a walk along the trails by the South River on the northeast side of town. Aside from the birds shown below, Blue-headed Vireos and a White-eyed Vireo were seen as well.

Montage 14 Apr 2018

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Prairie Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Osprey, and Brown Thrasher, at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, April 14.

Reminder: membership dues are due!

For those who have not yet gotten around to it, please make a point to renew your memberships in the Augusta Bird Club right away, using the 2018 Membership Form and sending your dues to the ABC membership chairperson Brenda Walters at the address shown on the form. Thank you!

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