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Sat Oct 11 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park

1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, VA. 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.

Field Trip to Newport News Park, September 20, 2014

Newport News Park Field Trip


Jim Corliss
Geoff Giles
Tom McCary
Cathy Millar
Andy Hawkins
Linda Scherer
Rock Moeslein
Newport News State Park Field Trip
September 20, 2014
Seven bird club members were rewarded with a beautiful fall day for our September 20 field trip to Newport News State Park. Starting at the ranger station we found a lingering Osprey, a beautiful Black and White Warbler, and a very, very early Ruby-crowned Kinglet. While the kinglet didn't quite set a new early record, it was a surprise to find it flitting around an American Holly tree in mid-September. After squeezing every last species we could out of the reservoir from this vantage point, we walked east over the boardwalk to the adjacent point in search of a Red-headed Woodpecker. I don't think we were actually expecting to be so fortunate, but within a few minutes we heard the familiar tchur tchur call, and sure enough we found a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker perched near a cavity at the top of a snag.
Our next stop was the trail out to the Swamp Bridge. At the first overlook we spotted the resident family of Mute Swans, two adults and four juveniles, that graced us with several flybys that allowed us to enjoy the whup whup chorus generated by their wingbeats. On the Swamp Bridge we found a foraging Prairie Warbler plus a Sharp-shinned Hawk circling high overhead. The highlight of the morning though was a Cottonmouth snake that swam under the bridge directly beneath us and then posed for a photo. If I kept a reptile life list I would have been even more excited, because this was the first Cottonmouth I had ever seen and we were fortunate that it provided such a point-blank view.
Cottonmouth, photo by Cathy Millarphoto by Cathy Millar
Heading back along the trail towards our cars we were surprised by yet another relatively early bird - a female Green-winged Teal that was hiding out with a small flock of Mallards near the overlook platform. Bonus points go to Linda Scherer for recognizing the smaller teal amongst the Mallards. After five or so minutes pondering over this bird it finally displayed its green speculum, putting our doubts to rest. After further searching we recognized that two American Black Ducks were also part of this group, along with a young Green Heron that wondered into the party just to make sure it wasn't ignored. Behind us on the other side of the boardwalk and close to shore was a beautiful adult Green Heron that was very content posing on a log for the 15 minutes that we loitered around the platform.
We ended the day with a single Ring-billed Gull hanging out with a dozen Laughing Gulls on top of the pipeline, bringing the day's total to 51 species. The combination of the birds, the beautiful weather, and the companionship made this a particularly enjoyable field trip. Thanks to everyone who participated.
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Newport News City Park - CLP07, Newport News, US-VA

Sep 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Light breeze, partly cloudy, 65F to 75F
51 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  6     Two adults and four immatures
Wood Duck  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  13
Green-winged Teal  1     Female feeding with a group of Mallards
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  35
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  3
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  13
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  14
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     Bird was foraging in a holly tree, exhibiting kinglet-like behavior. Field marks were wing bars, a white eye ring, drab green back, creamy/gray undersides. There were no yellow markings that would have indicated other fall warblers with wing bars. Bird was identified by three experienced birders.
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  45
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Pine Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  8

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 03:23

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, September 13, 2014


September 13, 2014 Walk at New Quarter Park
We had a great turn-out for the club's September 13 bird walk at New Quarter Park. Eighteen birders, including "finer niners" from The Virginia Master Naturalists Cohort 9 and two visitors from Minnesota, braved the impending rain to enjoy a cool and bug-free overcast morning. Bird highlights included three Clapper Rails, one of which graced us with a nice view on the far side of Queen's Creek, plus an adult Red-headed Woodpecker which has been scarce in the park for the last year. The Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets were plentiful, and a beautiful female Belted Kingfisher posed for the group in the viewfinder of Geoff's spotting scope. Near the picnic shelters on the trail to the fire pit, Lisa Nickel found the most unusual sighting of the morning - a slumbering raccoon curled up precariously between two branches alongside a tree trunk fifty feet above the ground. Most of us glanced over the raccoon, mistaking it simply for a tree burl. But Lisa noted that the strange tree "growth" was furry, and a careful look through the scope revealed that it was breathing. It's difficult to imagine how the raccoon was comfortable given it's position, and we'll need to keep an eye out in the future to see if it continues frequenting this odd resting place. Thanks to all for coming out and enjoying the nice morning.
Participants (some not pictured)
Jim Corliss
Sue Mutell
Geoff Giles
Cheryl Jacobson
Joyce Lowry
Brenda Uekert
Tom Mills
Jim and Suzan Griffin
Hal and Lana Becker
Millie and Ray Abell
Lisa Nickel
Bruce Glendenning
Susan Nordholm
Jan Lockwood
New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Sep 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Overcast, calm, 65F to 75F, low tide.
34 species

Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Clapper Rail  3     All three heard. One seen foraging along far side of Queen's Creek.
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  9
Mourning Dove  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     Adult near fire pit.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  2
American Redstart  1
Pine Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  6
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  3

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 01:56

Next bird walk Saturday, October 13 at 8 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 Wednesday, 01 October 2014 03:24

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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.” 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.

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Western Shore Marshes IBA

Six members of the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg Bird Clubs assembled in Gloucester County on 11 March to conduct a survey of our IBA. Cheryl Jacobson, Geoff Giles, Jane Frigo, Brent Slaughter, Laura Slaughter and Dave Youker conducted a bird survey at seven locations along the shores of the Guinea Neck and Robbins Neck areas.

The original survey date was 3 March, but the event was postponed due to rain. The weather was much more cooperative on 11 March with temperatures ranging into the 60s. While much of the area is private, we were able to get some shore access. The remainder of the time was spent assessing the adjacent wood and field lots.

Total species count for the day was 48, and several of the WSM IBA nomination species were found. The highlight had to be the 14 Brown-headed Nuthatches discovered along the Jenkins Rd area.

The next visit to our IBA hasn’t been scheduled yet, but an announcement will be forthcoming. If you do a bird walk at a location within our IBA, please forward your species count to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Download a copy of an Excel file listing all the current species list for the Western Shore Marshes IBA. This can be used when conducting surveys of the area.

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