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News

Last news update: 05 Aug 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.



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.


Spring turns to summer

As the month of June heads to a close, the peak of breeding season is about to pass for most bird species. Some of the resident (non-migratory) species raise more than one clutch of eggs each year, and others such as American Goldfinches begin their breeding in mid-summer because they rely on thistle fibers to build their nests, and thistle plants do not mature until late June or July. Here are some of the recent photographic highlights taken by our members:

Eastern Screech Owl juv.

This juvenile Eastern Screech Owl was part of a family that was seen in the north part of Staunton this month; photo taken June 20.

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole (male); photo courtesy of Ann Cline.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler (male) with a tasty morsel at the Crimora Lake overlook in the Shenandoah National Park; photo taken June 1.

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler (male) at Augusta Wetlands; photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.

Broad-winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk, on the day of "Raptorthon" (May 7); photo courtesy of Vic Laubach.



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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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