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November Meeting: Dan Cristol on Juncos

The November meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday the 19th. Dr. Dan Cristol will show parts of a video highlighting research done with the Junco. He knows first hand what an exciting project it was and will present his views and first hand information. Due to the length of the documentary film, Dr. Cristol will show selected portions and will summarize and discuss other portions.

The meeting will be in Andrews Hall, Room 101. Patty Maloney and Judy Jones will be providing the refreshments for this meeting. Please be sure to display your parking permit on the dashboard of your car.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:14

November 16 Field Trip: Beaverdam Park, Gloucester County

Our November Field Trip will be to Beaverdam Park in Gloucester County on Sunday, November 16. Beaverdam Park is located on a 635 acre freshwater lake and we hope to see several species of ducks who are arriving to winter in the area, as well as such winter bird species as Hermit Thrush, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Winter Wren.

For those who wish to carpool, we will depart at 7:00 a.m. from the Colony Square Shopping Center, Jamestown Road. If you prefer to drive independently, it’s about a 50 minute drive to the park. The address is 8687 Roaring Springs Drive/State Rte. 616. George Harris has graciously agreed to lead our trip and will meet us there. We will be birding on foot on well marked trails.

Please join us for a great morning of birding. There are no space limitations for this trip and you do not need to sign up. Water and snacks for your personal use are suggested.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:08

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park November 8, 2014

Bird Walk participants 11/8/2014

Greetings to all, I think we all agree that Saturday morning was one of the most beautiful fall mornings we have ever spent at New Quarter Park. 

Thanks to all for coming out to share it with us. And MANY thanks to Hugh Beard for leading us to our favorite spots and sharing his knowledge of the birds and woods with us. The group recorded 31 species — including low flyover of an adult Bald Eagle while we gazed up from the floating dock! Later in the morning during the “Big Tree” program several of us spotted two Ospreys circling overhead with an eagle!
 
New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Nov 8, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments:     Participants: Maud Ann Wilson, Barb Bucklin, Graham Rose, Joe Fridgen, Virginia and George Boyles, Marilyn Adair, Jan Lockwood, Lynda Sharrett, Shirley Devan, Bill Boeh (sp?), Melissa Williams, Cathy Millar, Margaret Ware, Cynthia and Bob Long, Hugh Beard
31 species

Bufflehead  3
Double-crested Cormorant  19
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  1     Clearly saw through a scope sitting on a nesting platform in Queens Creek.
Bald Eagle  2
Clapper Rail  1
Killdeer  3
Laughing Gull  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  6
American Robin  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Eastern Towhee  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Red-winged Blackbird  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20475994

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:15

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, October 25, 2014

No group photo
Participants; 
Eileen Alces
Darla, Dennis, Janet, James Anderson
Christina Clark
Andy Hawkins
Joyce Lowry
Mike Lowry
Sue Mutell
Leader: Bill Williams

New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Oct 25, 2014 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Fourth Saturday Bird Walk; beautiful, clear morning; 45 degrees; calm; incoming tide; 3 white-tailed deer and one gray squirrel
39 species

Mallard  12
Common Loon  5     fly-over
Double-crested Cormorant  41
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1     an adult; age unknown
Clapper Rail  6     probably more but it was hard to differentiate where all the voices were coming from across the marsh
Laughing Gull  2
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     sang for about a minute all on its own; all heard it; down the hill from the picnic shelter not far from the fire pit
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Marsh Wren  1     seen across Queens Creek for the floating dock
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  92
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  15
Eastern Towhee  3
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  75
House Finch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20330994

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:12

October 18 Field Trip to the Eastern Shore

Meet by 7:30 am Saturday, October 18 at Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road and prepare to carpool to save on tolls. The group will visit Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park in the morning, aiming to finish around noon. For those who wish to continue birding in the afternoon, the group will head to “the dump” and Willis Wharf. Carpoolers
should plan to ride with those whose return time coincides with theirs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 20:44

Next bird walk Saturday, November 22 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 Monday, 10 November 2014 02:06

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

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski

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October's birds were Cattle Egrets.

September's bird was a Northern Gannett.

Summer's bird was a  Ruddy Turnstone.

April's bird was a Tri-Colored Heron.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:44

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

Can you identify this? Joe's Mystery Bird

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski
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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, 10 November 2014 02:41

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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:02

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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:36

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