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On Sept. 14, two Red-necked Phalaropes were seen by Allen Larner at the pond across the road on the north side of the Target Distribution Center in Stuarts Draft.

Last bird alert:

14 Sep 2017

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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

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: 14 Sep 2017

Program for October 9 meeting:
"Nature Camp"
Speaker: Amy Gonzalez (or other Nature Camp Staff member)

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: TBA
6:00 PM, Monday, August 28, 2017
Bedlam Brewing, 2303 N Augusta St, Staunton, VA 24401

Support the Augusta Bird Club's
Bird Seed Sale

Once again, the Augusta Bird Club is holding its annual Bird Seed Sale in order to raise funds for worthy causes. The proceeds from your purchase will send young people to Nature Camp, support the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and benefit other conservation organizations! To place your order, use our secure online form, or print the PDF form whose link is at the top of that page. Orders must be received by October 12. Then, come to the Augusta County Government Center in Verona on October 21 to pick up your seed. It's that easy!

Every year the Augusta Bird Club offers a nice selection of high-quality seed, allowing you to attract as many desirable birds as possible.

Make your bird seed order today!

McCormick's Mill field trip

On Wednesday, September 13, six members of the Augusta Bird Club met to conduct a field trip to McCormick's Mill in Raphine, Virginia. The morning started with a little drizzle, but became sunny as we were winding up the trip. We also encountered two bus loads of grade school children from one of the Augusta County schools. Needless to say, it was difficult trying to avoid their noisy presence which was all over the trail. Even so, we recorded 32 species. The highlight birds were the Bald Eagle, Scarlet Tanager, and many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Thank you to all who participated. It was wonderful being out with good people, great birds, and beautiful flowers. See you next month.

by Jo King

Greenway trail field trip

On Sunday morning (Sept. 10), the Augusta Bird Club held a field trip along the Greenway in Waynesboro. This is an easy trail which is paved, and it runs from the Waynesboro YMCA for about a mile along the South River. The trail has mixed trees and shrubs with Wild Grape and Virginia Creeper vines. We had a total of 38 species with most being year-round birds. The highlights of the walk were the following migrants: Black Crowned Night Heron (at the Invista Ponds), Killdeer, Chimney Swift, Ruby -throated Hummingbird, Tree Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black & White warbler, American Restart, and Wilson's Warbler.

by Allen Larner

Blue Ridge Parkway field trip

On Saturday morning (Sept. 9), the Augusta Bird Club held a field trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway & Route 610, with 11 people participating altogether. We identified a total of 32 species, plus 2 others: a probable Cerulean Warbler, and either a Bay-breasted or a Blackpoll Warbler. At one of the overlooks near Afton, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and an Eastern Wood-Pewee were seen, and someone saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Most of the eight warbler species were seen near the communications tower on Route 610, which was very busy. Magnolia, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, and Black-throated Green Warblers were all prominent there. Linda Corwin spotted an unusual-looking bird at that location that turned out to be a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There was also a yellow Scarlet Tanager: either a female or a juvenile male. In contrast, there wasn't much activity at either the Humpback Rocks visitor center or the nearby trail head, and likewise at the picnic grounds further south. Our final stop was at the Ravens Roost overlook, where we saw a possible young Red-tailed Hawk, a Blue-headed Vireo, a pair of Turkey Vultures, and a couple Dark-eyed Juncos. After that, we headed back north to join the big crowd gathered at the Rockfish Gap hawk watch open house. It was a productive, fun morning with great (although cool) weather. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us try to keep track of all those birds!

View the checklist online at ebird.org

by Andrew Clem

Montage 09 Sep 2017

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Blackburnian Warbler (F/J), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler (F/J), Scarlet Tanager (F/J), Magnolia Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler (M), and in center probable Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Rockfish Valley overlook

Rockfish Valley overlook.

Ravens Roost SW radio

At Ravens Roost, a man was setting up a short-wave radio antenna to communicate with people in Florida during Hurricane Irma.

Hawk Watch open house

Hawk Watch open house west

Among the many activities at the Hawk Watch open house was a demonstration of live raptors by staff members of the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro.

Hawk Watch open house east

Several nature-related organizations, including the Augusta Bird Club, had informational displays at the Hawk Watch open house.

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