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Nov 10, Dec 8

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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

On October 13, a Red Phalarope was spotted by William Leigh on a pond visible from Oakwood Lane about 1/4 mile from Route 11 in Mount Crawford, and it remained there for several days.

Last bird alert:

20 Oct 2014

Due to a wave of spam attacks, this Web site feature has been disabled for the time being. Stay tuned for further announcements.

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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Gabriel Mapel,
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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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News

Last news update: 24 Oct 2014

Program for the November meeting:
"America's Other Audubon" (book)
Speaker: Joy Kiser

Augusta Bird Club bird seed sale

The Augusta Bird Club's 2014 bird seed sale was a big success, helping us reach our fundraising goals for this year. The pick-up day was on Saturday, October 18, and we had plenty of helpers, including several young folks who participated in Nature Camp, which our club is proud to support. Many thanks to Crista Cabe and the other members of the Seed Sale Committee: Grant Simmons, Gabriel Mapel, Mary Mapel, Lisa Hamilton, and Linda Matkins.

Bird seed sale pickup

The bird seed sale pickup behind the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.


Hawk Watch news

With three more passing by on Thursday, October 23, a total of 224 Bald Eagles have been counted at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch so far this season, and only one more is needed to break the previous record. In addition, 341 Double-crested Cormorants were counted on that same day, mostly in large formations of 20 or more birds. The folks observing on the north side of the Inn at Afton this week have had to cope with severe winds associated with the "nor-easter" weather system. In mid-October there were a number of Peregrine Falcons, Merlins and American Kestrels. And there have been a variety of migrating songbirds coming through as well...

Nelson's Sparrow

Gabriel Mapel spotted a rare Nelson's Sparrow near the Inn at Afton in early October, and Ann Cline took a photo of it.


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