February 17 Meeting: Brian Watts on Shorebird Hunting and Offshore Wind Development

Our February speaker will be Dr. Brian Watts, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at W&M/VCU, who will present a program focusing on shorebird hunting and offshore wind development and the importance of understanding mortality limits for these issues. Join us to learn about this interesting research. Click over to the CCB website to learn more about their research: http://www.ccbbirds.org

Wednesday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m., Room 1127  Integrated Sciences Bldg., W&M (next to Millington).

Please remember to have a parking pass on your dashboard. If you need a new one, it can be downloaded here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:17

CBBT by Boat, Saturday, February 6

The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring a boat trip to Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, February 6, 2016.

The Club's President, Geoff Giles, has chartered a large comfortable boat for this eye-level look at the bay ducks and other wonderful species around the tunnel islands. Birding and photo opportunities should be very good from the boat. The boat will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as far as Fisherman Island near the Eastern Shore and then out to the Capes near the mouth of the Bay if the birds are there. The CBBT area tends to have smoother water than ocean trips with many of the same exciting views of birds. It will be possible to do some birding from the warm, dry cabin, but the best views and photos will be from outside on deck, so clothing that protects against wind and dampness is recommended.

We will have a good opportunity to observe sea ducks, shorebirds, raptors and more from a large, comfortable boat with ample heated cabin space, rest rooms, tables and indoor seating.  The last few years this trip has given us some views and photo ops with humpbacked whales and harbor seals! WBC and William and Mary Bird Club top-flight birder Matt Anthony will be the trip leader and help us identify the birds.

We will depart from Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach Saturday, February 6, at 9 am and return to the dock at about 1 pm. There is a very good seafood restaurant dockside for those inclined to have lunch on return. If the trip gets weathered out, we'll return your check, of course, or give you the option of a rain date about two weeks later.

The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please sign up early (by mailing in your check) so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go -- we need 25. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip is filled.

Please make checks ($30.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” and mail to Ann Carpenter, PO Box 764, Lightfoot, VA 23090. Include your email address and phone number so Geoff can get back to you to confirm and let you know the final details.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 01:45

CBBT by Car Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) Authority has reserved Saturday, February 20 for us to conduct our annual field trip to the bridge tunnel islands. This trip has been a big hit the last two years and we're hoping for another good outing this year! The birding will begin at 9:00 AM at the CBBT toll booth plaza parking lot and we'll plan for three hours on the islands. We'll carpool from the Colony Square parking lot at roughly 7:30 AM and meet up with any separate drivers at the CBBT where we'll condense into as few cars as practical.

As in past years, the CBBT security policies require us to provide a list of participants no later than 10 days in advance of the trip. The cost is $10 per person ($150 per 15-person group) to pay for the security personnel who will escort us to the three islands not open to the public.

So, if you would like to participate please take the following steps:

1. Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so he can start a head count and let the CBBT security office know how large our group could be;

2. Fill out the attached participant form, sign it, and either scan it and e-mail it to Jim, bring it to the January club meeting, or mail it to Jim by Feb. 1st; and

3. Bring your $10 to the January meeting, mail it to Jim, or PayPal it to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance payment is highly desired because the fee is on a group basis, so if you don't show and haven't paid, then the rest of us would need to cover your portion.

 Jim would like to send the CBBT security office all of our forms by February 1st. Please let Jim know if you have any questions about the trip. Additional details about logistics will be forthcoming as the trip nears. Also look for information soon about our CBBT by Boat Trip, which is tentatively scheduled for February 6.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2016 01:18

Dutch Gap Bird List - January 16

Dutch Gap Conservation Area/Henricus Park - CAP03, Chesterfield, Virginia, US
Jan 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Williamsburg Bird Club Field Trip, Clear skies, 53F, moderate winds
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  120
Wood Duck  65     Wood ducks (males and females) were numerous along the northwest edge of the impoundment viewed by multiple party members.
Gadwall  90
American Wigeon  30
American Black Duck  9
Mallard  100
Northern Shoveler  140
Northern Pintail  16
Green-winged Teal  6
Ring-necked Duck  380
Bufflehead  9
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  80
Great Blue Heron  8
Black Vulture  18
Turkey Vulture  8
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  120
Ring-billed Gull  80
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  7
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  12
White-throated Sparrow  8
Savannah Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Eastern Meadowlark  3
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26945663

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

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 14:26

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, January 9, 2016

New Quarter Park, York, Virginia, US
Jan 9, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Overcast, flood tide about one hour before high tide, 55F, light breeze
31 species

Canada Goose  24
Bufflehead  4
Common Merganser  3
Double-crested Cormorant  65
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  3
Ring-billed Gull  9
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  15
Cedar Waxwing  35
Yellow-rumped Warbler  18
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26832874

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

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 01:50

Next bird walk Saturday, February 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 Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:34

New Meeting Time and Room: 7:00 p.m. at the Integrated Science Center, Room 1127

Our next meeting will be January 20 at 7:00 p.m. in a new room in a new building, the Integrated Science Center, Room 1127, at the College of William and Mary (behind Phi Beta Kappa Hall). Note that we are now meeting earlier, at 7:00 rather than 7:30. There is no meeting in December. The Integrated Science building is past Andrews Hall, to the right of Millington. See map.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015 01:08

Parking Pass for Bird Club Meetings

Be sure to download and print out this parking pass. Put it under your windshield when you come to our meetings. Meetings will start up again, after a summer break, in September. Come to Andrews Hall, College of William and Mary (in the back of the Phi Beta Kappa building at 601 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, Wednesday evening, September 16th, at 7:30. Members Ann and Gary Carpenter will present a discussion of the Roads Scholar trips, and show photos highlighting the birds the saw on their Roads Scholar bird trip in Texas.Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 21:37

Find Us on Facebook

Did you know the Williamsburg Bird Club has a facebook page?


Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 19:33

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

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