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On Dec. 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 for several days...

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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: 12 Jan 2018

Program for February 12 meeting:
Blue Ridge Wildflowers
Speaker: John Coiner
Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be: TBA
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

Holiday party fun and merriment

A few scenes from the holiday dinner on December 18:

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Holiday dinner 4
ABC board at holiday dinner

The Augusta Bird Club board. LEFT TO RIGHT: Andrew Clem, Allen Larner, Linda Matkins, Peter Van Acker, Marilyn Nash, Darrell Schwalm, Jo King, Stan Heatwole, Ann Cline, Crista Cabe, and Penny Warren. (Not pictured: Lisa Hamilton.)

Christmas Bird Count 2017 (Augusta County)

On Sunday, December 17, nineteen members and friends of the Augusta Bird Club took part in the 118th Christmas Bird Count. We logged a total of 62 hours in the field and another 6 hours at feeder watch. We traveled about 478 mile by car and another 9 miles by foot. A total of 86 species of birds were found during the count day, and another 5 species were counted during count week which is 3 days before and after the count day. Including the count week, we had a total of 91 species. Among the biggest highlights were Greater White-fronted Goose, Ross's Goose, Cackling Goose, Broad-winged Hawk, Merlin, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Winter Wren, both Kinglets, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, and Palm Warbler.

(Excerpts from the report by Allen Larner.)

Montage 17 Dec 2017

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Towhee, Northern Flicker, and in center, Short-eared Owl. (In and around Staunton, December 17.)

Christmas Bird Count 2017 (Waynesboro)

December 30 dawned cold and gray, but a couple dozen intrepid counters sallied forth to see what could be found within the Waynesboro CBC count circle. Pending late reports that had not been submitted as of this writing, the overall tally will include at least 85 species. Among the biggest highlights were a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting Brenda Tekin's feeder, a tagged Trumpeter Swan that was found by Elaine Carwile, and a Peregrine Falcon sighted by Rick Keyser and Kate Jensen on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

(Excerpts from the report by Crista Cabe.)

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan, on the northwest edge of Waynesboro, on December 31. According to Allen Larner, the very same Trumpeter Swan (photographed with the wing tag showing P61) had been seen at Deep Creek Lake, near the town of McHenry, Maryland on December 29 at 07:49 AM. Elaine Carwile spotted it in Waynesboro late in the afternoon that same day, meaning that it had traveled about 105 miles in a little over eight hours, an average speed of about 13 MPH.

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