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RECENT BIRD ALERT:

During the first two weeks of April, Wilson's Snipes, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teals, and Gadwalls have all been seen in the beaver pond along the north part of Bell's Lane.

Last bird alert:

12 Apr 2017

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.


"50 for 50" sponsors

As part of the celebration of the August Bird Club's 50th Anniversary, we are holding a drawing for a door prize at each of our meetings during the 2016-2017 year. You must be a club member and present at the meeting to be eligible. "50 for 50" refers to the usual value ($50) of the door prize, though in some cases it may worth more than that. We appreciate the donations from area business establishments, and encourage our members to patronize them.

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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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News

Last news update: 09 May 2017

Our next "Birds & Brews, Wings & Wine" social hour will be:
6:00 PM, Thursday, May 25th
The home of Michael & Ann Cline
2633 Barrenridge Rd. Staunton 746-1105
BYOB. Maybe an optional appetizer to share? We will be outside, so you may want to bring your binoculars and a jacket if it's cool. Carpool if possible?
Those who plan to be attend should RSVP to Penny by Thursday or Friday this week, if possible.


Peak spring migration!

On Monday May 8, Penny Warren led an Augusta Bird Club field trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from Afton Mountain to the picnic area south of Humpback Rocks. The group tallied 41 species with nine warbler species as follows:

Thanks to Marshall Faintich, who happened to be there at just the right time, the group had great looks at some Canada Warblers, and a few photo ops! We also had Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, beautiful looks at a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Cedar Waxwings, and then an assortment of other expected birds. All in all, a great morning.

(Excerpted from Penny Warren's trip report.)

Montage 08 May 2017

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: American Redstart, Indigo Bunting, Cedar Waxwings, Scarlet Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo, Canada Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Crista,Penny,Ann

Crista Cabe, Penny Warren, Ann Cline at one of the overlooks.

Crista, Penny, Ann at Humpback Rocks vis. ctr.

At the Humpback Rocks visitor center, with azaleas in full bloom.


Annual spring picnic brunch

On Saturday, May 6, the Augusta Bird Club held its spring brunch and field trip at Lofton Lake in southern Augusta County, graciously hosted by Kathy Belcher and Joe Thompson. Highlights included Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Towhee, Green Heron, American Goldfinches, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Field Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, and Black Vulture. Light drizzle probably curtailed the number of birds seen during the walk around the lake, but the brunch afterwards took place in cozy indoor conditions.

Lofton Lake, birders

ABC members looking for birds across Lofton Lake.

Lofton Lake brunch
Lofton Lake brunch
Lofton Lake brunch

The brunch took place inside the Lofton Lake dining hall, where it was nice and warm.


Another Panama Birding Trip!

For two weeks in March, Grant Simmons, Linda Matkins, Lisa Hamilton, and two others from Virginia went on a birding trip to Panama, led by Allen Hale of Buteo Books. (super@buteobooks.com) Their first destination was El Valle, located about two hours southwest of Panama City. Highlights included Keel-billed Toucan, as well as several tanager species (Crimson-Backed, White-lined, Blue-gray, and Palm), Variable Seedeaters, and Buff-throated Saltators. Next they made a brief stop at Santa Clara beach on the Pacific Ocean, and headed toward the town of Gamboa, on Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal passage. Highlights there included Southern Lapwing, Gray-necked Wood Rail, Ringed Kingfisher, Snail Kite, and Limpkin. At nearby Pipeline Road, they spotted a Great Tinamou, Cinnamon Woodpecker, both White-tailed Trogon and Black- throated Trogon, as well as Broad-billed Motmot, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper, Golden-hooded Tanager, and Zone-tailed Hawk, among many others. They also saw a sloth in the trees. For the next few days they stayed in thatched huts at Garduk Lodge with the Guna people, the indigenous inhabitants. The final stop was the Forest Preserve near Torti that has been protected as a patch of primary forest; there they saw a Blue-crowned Manakin and White-whiskered Puffbird. Altogether, the group tallied over 200 bird species during their trip. Here is a sampling of the bird photos taken by Linda:

Panama bird montage 2

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Barred Puffbird, Amazon Kingfisher, Black-Breasted Puffbird, Crimson-Backed Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager.

Grant, Lisa, Linda, others in Panama

Grant, Lisa, Linda, and other birders in Panama.


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