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  • Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, December 24, 2011

    Fourteen merry birders enjoyed a calm and very birdy morning at New Quarter Park today (24 Dec 2011). Our merry band spotted 39 species of birds and "slammed" the woodpeckers. Our chief elf this morning, Bill Williams, submitted the list to eBird and it is shown below.
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    Here is a photo of our group -- Santa had not arrived yet -- and our group patiently posed for a photo while waiting for the jolly old man.
    Seated, left to right: Joyce Lowry, Susan Nordholm, Joanne Andrews, Cynthia Long, George Boyles, Shirley Devan
    Standing, left to right: Alan Bragg, John Adair, Marilyn Adair, Jeanette Navia, Bill Williams, Virginia Boyles
    Not pictured: Margaret Ware and Bob Long.
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    Also observed this morning, two raccoons asleep in their usual lair -- the hole in the "raccoon tree." Here is a photo I took -- not great, but you can tell they are fuzzy! Two of the four ears are visible.
    Remember to join us New Year's Day at 1 pm for the "Boardwalk Bird Show" at Greensprings Trail. Look for us on the old board walk over the swamp (not the new Capital Trail).
    New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
    Dec 24, 2011 6:45 AM - 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     46-50 degrees; calm, overcast to partly cloudy; incoming very high tide; American Robins were numerous.
    39 species

    Bufflehead  1
    Hooded Merganser  1
    Ruddy Duck  45     in the mouth of Queens Creek
    Double-crested Cormorant  7
    Great Blue Heron  1
    Black Vulture  2
    Turkey Vulture  52
    Bald Eagle  2
    Northern Harrier  1
  • New Year's Day Boardwalk Bird Show

    Join Shirley Devan and others on New Year’s Day, (Sunday, January 1, 2012) at the Greensprings Trail Boardwalk for the Seventh Annual “New Year’s Day Boardwalk Bird Show.”

    We’ll meet on the “old” boardwalk over the old beaver pond from 1–3 pm (not the Virginia Capitol Trail boardwalk.) Park at the parking lot at the end of Eagle Way, beyond Jamestown High School. Come as you are; bring visiting family, friends and children; come early, stay late or just drop by. Celebrate the New Year with a birding adventure close to home. Remember— every bird is a year bird on New Year’s Day. Hope to see you there!

  • No December meeting

    Next meeting is January 18th.

  • Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, December 10, 2011

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    Seated (l - r): Susan Nordholm, Sara Lewis, Betty Peterson, Jan Lockwood, Jennifer Trevino, Sharon Plocher
    Standing (l - r): Rosemarie Mussler, Hart Haynes, Joyce Lowry, Bill Ferris, Marilyn Adair, Rock Moeslein, Geoff Giles, Virginia Boyles, John Adair, Shirley Devan

    Photo by Shirley Devan

     

    New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
    Dec 10, 2011 7:45 AM - 10:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     Clear, breezy, cold, forties
    28 species (+1 other taxa)

    Tundra Swan  10
    Bufflehead  6
    Double-crested Cormorant  10
    Great Blue Heron  2
    Black Vulture  1
    Turkey Vulture  7
    Bald Eagle  3
    Northern Harrier  2
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