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Sat Apr 26 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park

Meet in the parking lot by the park office. Open to the public. Free of charge. If you need to borrow a pair of binoculars, the park office has some. Bill Williams is our leader.

2013 Recipients of the Bill Sheehan and Ruth Beck Ornithological Research Grants

Left to right: Vitek Jirinec, Peggy Whitney, Ghazi Mahjoub. Photo by Shirley Devan

Vitek Jirinec’s research on the Wood Thrush “focuses on these two questions: What kind of habitat composition characterizes areas frequented by Wood Thrush males? Or do areas with high probability of use by the species contain more food instead? The answers to these questions have important conservation implications, and should
answer the question why a forest-associated bird persists in human-fragmented areas around Williamsburg. Our methodology includes tracking individual birds via radio-telemetry and subsequent vegetation and invertebrate sampling.”

Ghazi Mahjoub’s research is on European Starlings; the title is “Using a ‘Sonic Net’ to Deter Pest Bird Species: Excluding European Starlings by Disrupting their Acoustic Environment.” Previous technologies used to deter starlings have generally
failed as birds quickly habituate to startle regimes. We broadcast a "net" of sound ("Sonic net") aimed to prevent starlings from communicating.”

Margaret Whitney’s research is on “The Impact of Methylmercury on Passerine Migratory Behavior.” Per Margaret: “Because migration is such a complex behavior that depends on hormonal cues and neurological function, we suspect mercury could
have adverse impacts on it as well. I studied captive white-throated sparrows, monitoring their fat stores and zugunruhe (migratory restlessness).”


Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:48

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, April 12, 2014

Bird Walk at NQP April 12, 2014


New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Apr 12, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear skies, 60F, calm
37 species

Canada Goose  3
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Ovenbird  2
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  7
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  3

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 02:28

April 19 Field Trip: The Great Dismal Swamp

Please join us Saturday, April 19 for our bird club field trip to the Great Dismal Swamp. We're fortunate to be led on this trip by Bob Ake, who is a resident expert on the swamp's wildlife. In addition to the large number of usual avian residents, this will be a great time of year for Wild Turkey, Wood Ducks, and returning breeders such as White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos, Ovenbirds, and early warblers (Black and White, Prothonotary, Prairie).

This trip is not only for birders, but also for butterfly enthusiasts as Bob helps us identify the many species that inhabit this unique habitat. To take advantage of the singing birds at sunrise, we will leave Colony Square shopping center at 5:30 AM on Saturday, April 19th and begin birding in the swamp at 7:00 AM. We'll make a rest stop in Suffolk on the way. For those wishing to drive on their own, meet us in the parking lot at the trailhead of Washington Ditch by 7:00 AM. To arrive at the parking lot, travel south on White Marsh Rd. (Rt. 642) in Suffolk, turn left onto Washington Ditch Rd., and travel approximately one mile to trailhead parking lot on your left.

Bob plans to walk into the swamp along Washington Ditch Trail for 2 to 3 hours focusing on birds. Then as we return to the  parking lot we'll take advantage of the risen sun to find and identify butterflies. We plan to leave the trailhead parking lot by about noon. If you have your own transportation and don't wish to join us for the entire walk, please come and enjoy the site for as long as you wish. There is no need to sign up for the trip, but if you think you might come please let me know just so I can tell Bob how large of a group he might expect.

Please contact Jim Corliss, Field Trip Coordinator, 565-0536, if you have any questions.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:39

Spring Bird Count May 4, 2014

Put Sunday, May 4, 2014 into your birding bonnet to remind yourself you will be participating in the Williamsburg
Bird Club’s annual Spring Bird Count. Teams will be divided among sections leaders, just like those for the
Christmas Bird Count. Each section leader will work with team members to establish a plan of action for the day, and
will be responsible for reporting the section totals for the count’s final tally. Our count compilation event will be at
Carrot Tree Kitchens on Jamestown Road. We will assemble at Carrot Tree at 5:00 p.m.; the final tally will being at 6.
Contact Bill Williams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 229-1124 to let him know you want to participate. We are really eager to get as many people involved as possible – ESPECIALLY FEEDER WATCHERS!

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:17

Leucistic Cardinal

Mike Fowler, near Norge, spotted this leucistic Cardinal in his yard March 3. Leucism is a condition in animals characterized by reduced pigmentation. 


Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 02:30

Next bird walk Saturday, April 26 at 7 a.m. at New Quarter Park

The Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park co-sponsor bird walks at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, twice a month — the second and fourth Saturdays. The second Saturdays we meet at 8 a.m; the fourth Saturdays we meet at 7 a.m. Meet in the parking lot near the park office. Participants can stay as long as they’d like. Generally, the leader will walk about two hours or so, but participants can peel off as they like. Walks are free and open to the public. You need not be a member to join us. Just show up! Google map.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 02:29

Christmas Bird Count Results 2013

Every December the Williamsburg Bird Club sets a record for itself. This year we completed our 37th Williamsburg Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 15, 2013, beating our record of 36 consecutive counts set in 2012 (see how easy that is?) and we did so with no less than 107 participants (see list). The latter is 25 participants more than the previous record of 82 for the 2012 CBC. As recently as 2006 the participant total was a whopping 28!!! This year’s species total of 114 was one shy of the count’s all-time high of 115 set on December 16, 1984. Excel file of 2013 CBC Compilation.


Last Updated on Sunday, 05 January 2014 02:47

Can you identify this? Joe's Mystery Bird

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski
This feature is only on the website and in the electronic version of The Flyer.

See all birds from previous months in Our Photo Gallery

Click on photo and comment in our photo gallery. What bird do you think this is?


Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:34

Bird ID from Recycle Bin Photos of Joe Piotrowski from Previous Months

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski

Our Photo Gallery

March's bird was a Willet



February's bird was a Black Skimmer.

January's bird was a Willet.

December's birds were a Caspian Tern and a Sanderling.

November's bird was a Brown-headed Cowbird.

October's bird was a Red-Tailed Hawk.

September's bird was a Pied-billed Grebe.

Summer's bird was a Northern Shoveler.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:33

- Check out all of Joe's mystery birds from previous monthsBird ID from Recycle Bin Photos of Joe Piotrowski from Previous Months

The Birds of Virginia’s Colonial Historic Triangle

Cover of Bill Williams' book, Birds of Virginia's Historic Colonial Triangle

The Bird Club has published “The Birds of Virginia’s Colonial Historic Triangle” and it is available to all for a donation of $20 to the Bird Club. Editor Bill Williams compiled the data from local birders' records since the 1960's and 1970's. The cover, shown here, sports a stunning photo of our mascot bird, a Red-headed Woodpecker taken by Club member Mike Powell at Greensprings Trail. The book contains over 30 color photos by local nature photographers.

You can obtain one of “Bill’s Books” at just about any Bird Club event. They are also available at Morrison’s Flowers and Gifts at Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road and at Wild Birds Unlimited at Monticello Marketplace.

If you want the Bird Club to mail one to you send a check to WBC for $25 (includes $5 shipping) with your name and address to WBC, PO Box 1085, Williamsburg, VA 23187 or contact us

Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 01:06

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Upcoming Events


Sat Apr 26 07:00 am - 09:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park


Sun May 4
Spring Bird Count


Sat May 10 08:00 am - 10:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park


Sat May 17 07:00 am - 12:30 pm
Monthly Field Trip


Wed May 21 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Monthly Meeting

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