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On February 24, an apparent Smith's Longspur was seen near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, along with several Lapland Longspurs and many Horned Larks. Since January, a Trumpeter Swan and one or two Tundra Swans have been seen at or near Silver Lake, near Dayton in Rockingham County.

Last bird alert:

24 Feb 2015

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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.

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Birds of Augusta County book cover

Nearly all copies of the third edition of Birds of Augusta County, edited by YuLee Larner have been sold out, and the remainder can be purchased at our meetings for the reduced price of $5.00. You can still find copies at several local public libraries and school libraries.

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Last news update: 29 Sep 2015

Program for the October 12, 2015 meeting:
Birding in Arizona,
by Andrew Clem

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch

Once again, we have had pretty good coverage by volunteers at the hawk watch at the Afton Inn at the scenic Rockfish Gap, just east of Waynesboro. Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas, Vic Laubach, and Gabriel Mapel are among the regular observers up there. At latest count, 10,328 Broad-winged Hawks, 405 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and 180 Ospreys, among many others, have passed through during this migration season. If you haven't been up there to see a Merlin suddenly zoom past out of nowhere, you don't know what you're missing!


Osprey, passing over Rockfish Gap, September 19, 2015.

For more information, see the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch Web site.

NOTE: Due to steady rains, this year's open house scheduled for Saturday, September 12th was canceled.

Other migrating birds

Besides all the raptors, we have been getting a fair number of passerine migrants as well. Distinguishing the "confusing fall warblers" from each other can be a challenge, but sometimes there's no doubt about it.

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler, on top of Shenandoah Mountain south of the Confederate Breastworks, September 17, 2015.

Among the unusual migrating shorebirds seen in this area last month were a Wilson's Phalarope, a Stilt Sandpiper, and a Baird's Sandpiper, all in the Stuarts Draft area.

Wilsons Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope, at Lake Andes NWR, South Dakota, July 30, 2015.

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