• October Field Trip to Shirley Plantation: October 15

    Want to have the run of a beautiful plantation along the James River for a great morning of birding? That is exactly our plan for the 15 October trip to Shirley Plantation. Tom McCary has arrange access to the plantation grounds and one of the wildfowl impoundments, which should give us some unique views of this year's fall migrants in a particularly beautiful setting. Several species are regulars at this beautiful spot which are otherwise very hard to find in our area. Almost every habitat our region affords will be on our program for the morning, and Tom knows right where to take us to make the most of the visit.

    We will assemble at Colony Square Shopping Center parking lot at 7:00 a.m. to arrange carpools and caravan to the plantation. For those wishing to meet us there, we will meet in the Visitor's Parking at Shirley Plantation, near the restrooms at about 8:00 a.m.

    There is a $5 per person fee for access to the grounds for the day, and for those who are interested there is an option of a tour of the plantation house for a discounted rate of $12 per person. For any questions, please feel free to contact Geoff Giles

  • Bird Walk at Greensprings Greenway, September 24, 2011

    Bird walks at New Quarter Park have been relocated since Hurricane Irene. The September 24th walk was held in Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Park, located behind Jamestown High School.

    25 participants:

    Joanne Andrews, Virginia and George Boyles, Jim Corliss, Joe Corliss, Inge Curtis, Ron Giese, Geoff Giles, Nancy Gore, Deane Gordon, Ruth Gordon, Tory Gussman, Ben Kaurich, Joyce and Rick Lowry, Alex Minnarik, Carol O'Neil, Betty Peterson, Larry Perlow, Sharon Plocher, Marjorie Smith, Jennifer Trevino, Liz Wallin, Margaret Ware, Bill Williams

    Greensprings Greenway, James City, US-VA, Sep 24, 2011 5:15 AM - 8:30 AM, Protocol: Traveling, 1.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     Overcast, very humid, 68 degrees and calm.

    39 species:
    Canada Goose  1
    Black Vulture  25
    Turkey Vulture  7
    Red-shouldered Hawk  1
    Killdeer  8
    Mourning Dove  2
    Great Horned Owl  1
    Barred Owl  1

  • Bird Walk at York River State Park, Sept. 10, 2011

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  • Efforts to manage Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel bird colony paying off

    From the September 11, 2011 Daily Press:

    "It used to be that motorists traveling through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel frequently came in perilous contact with errant sea birds or their already-smashed carcasses littering the highway.

    "The birds are still there, and they continue to succumb to untimely deaths, but not nearly as much as before, according to a College of William and Mary biology professor who has been something of a caretaker of the HRBT's protected sea bird colony for more than 20 years.

    "Ruth Beck says efforts to cull some of the more problematic birds and provide better security measures for the rest are paying off."

  • Field Trip to Kiptopeke State Park, Sept. 17, 2011

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    Like warblers? Vireos? Thrushes maybe? Or are you secretly hoping to see hawks (accipters and buteos) and falcons in action? Either way, you'll be pleased, and a morning with Susan Powell at the Kiptopeke State Park songbird and hawk banding stations will be a memorable and exciting event.

    For those wishing to carpool, departure will be from Colony Square shopping center at 0700 on Saturday, 17 September. If you wish to meet us there, please meet us in the parking lot at Kiptopeke State Park at 0800 hours. The park is on the Bay side (port side, left side for landlubbers) of Rte 13 North, about a mile after the toll booths on the Eastern Shore side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. For any questions please use the contact form or call Geoff Giles. Hope to see you there!


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