• Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, January 28, 2012

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    Sixteen people started a glorious day at New Quarter Park this morning at 7 am for our regular 4th Saturday bird walk. Our leader, Bill Williams, welcomed newcomers Tim Sedlacek, junior at Lafayette High, and his mother Kathy who recently moved to Williamsburg. Glad to have you with us.

    We found 35 species between 7 and 9 am. The list as Bill entered it into eBird is shown below. We were all startled when an immature Bald Eagle landed in the tree directly over our heads while we were standing at the fire circle. The bird quickly took off again but he gave us a great show! And it's always nice to see our mascot bird, the Red-headed Woodpecker (4 of them).

    We all celebrated Virginia and George's anniversary!! Congratulations to both of you!!
    Here's a photo of the happy group. Sitting: Shirley Devan, Joyce Lowry, Virginia Boyles, George Boyles. Standing: Bill Williams, David Taylor, Tim Sedlacek, Kathy Sedlacek, Jeanette Navia, Marilyn Adair, John Adair, Bill Ferris, Nelson Ensley, Geoff Giles. Not pictured: Margaret Ware and Roger Gosden.
    New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
    Jan 28, 2012 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     Clear, calm, low tide, 36-43 degrees
    35 species

    Bufflehead  4
    Hooded Merganser  2
    Double-crested Cormorant  2
    Great Blue Heron  2
    Turkey Vulture  4
    Bald Eagle  4
    Northern Harrier  2
    Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
    Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)  1
    Killdeer  3
    Ring-billed Gull  8
    Belted Kingfisher  1
  • Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, January 14, 2012

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    Our leader for the morning was Tom McCary! We had a total of nine participants. The bird of the day was the Common Loon foraging in Queens Creek. He gradually moved closer to us from the direction of the York River and everyone finally got good looks at him despite his frequent dives.

    We recorded 25 species (listed below as entered in eBird).

    Wood Duck  2
    Bufflehead  22
    Common Loon  1
    Double-crested Cormorant  3
    Great Blue Heron  1
    Turkey Vulture  22
    Bald Eagle  2     adults
    Red-tailed Hawk  1
    Killdeer  2
    Ring-billed Gull  3
    Mourning Dove  1
    Red-headed Woodpecker  3
    Downy Woodpecker  4
    Northern Flicker  1
    American Crow  6
    Carolina Chickadee  1
    Tufted Titmouse  2
    White-breasted Nuthatch  6
    Carolina Wren  1
    Eastern Bluebird  15
    American Robin  50
    Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
    Dark-eyed Junco  24
    Northern Cardinal  1
    Rusty Blackbird  1
    In the photo below:
    seated (l-r): Joyce Lowry, Ginny Carey, Rosemarie Mussler, Shirley Devan
    standing: Deb Woodward, Geoff Giles, Tom McCary
    not pictured: Margaret Ware, Jeanette Navia


  • Christmas Bird Count Results 2012

    Download the Excel file of the bird count data from the December 19, 2012 Christmas Bird Count for the Williamsburg area. Thanks to Bill Williams for tabulating all of this! CBC 2012 data

  • January Field Trip: Boat Trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands, January 21


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    Again this year, the January field trip will be by boat to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

    Field Trip Coordinator Geoff Giles has chartered a large comfortable boat for this eye-level look at the bay ducks, scoters, shore birds and seabirds plus other wonderful species such as the harbor seals we saw last year around the tunnel islands. Photo opportunities should be very good from the boat. We will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as far as Fisherman's Island on the Eastern Shore. The CBBT area tends to have smoother water than ocean trips with many of the same exciting views of birds and wildlife. 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 weather is recommended.

    Don't miss this rare 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. CVWO President and Williamsburg Bird Club member Brian Taber will be our trip leader and help us identify the birds.

    We will depart from Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach on Saturday, January 21, 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. Should that happen, we will try for a rain date one week later. Note that we will not cash your check until after the trip.

    Cost is $25 per person. Your check is your reservation. Sign up early so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go—we need 30. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip is filled. TRIP IS FULL

    Please make checks ($25.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” and mail to Geoff Giles, PO Box 133, Lightfoot, VA 23090. Include your email address and phone # so we can get back to you to confirm departure location and contact you if plans change.


  • January 18 Meeting "Owls: Birds of Mystery and Majesty"



    At the January 18th meeting John Spahr will present a program titled Owls: Birds of Mystery and Majesty. John, who lives in Staunton, began birding in his early teens in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. John is a member of several of his local bird clubs and has served as VP and program chair for the Augusta Bird Club for nearly a decade. He has also been actively involved with the Virginia Society of Ornithology, including serving a term as president. He has traveled abroad

    to see and learn about birds and has visited many countries in Central and South America, several locales in the Caribbean (including Cuba), Southern Africa, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea.

    His program will include a short introduction of man's association with owls and will also explore some of the unique anatomic, physiologic and behavioral aspects of the species. Each owl species that has occurred in Virginia will be reviewed in varying detail.

    Plan to join us on January 18 at 7:30 pm in Room 150, Millington Hallon the W&M campus. Barb Streb will be providing the refreshments. Don't forget to use your parking permit. (We are back in Millington)



  • Every Bird's a Year Bird on New Years Day

    Happy New Year Greetings to all, A few birds did "show" -- 25 species and the list is below as I entered it into eBird.

    A balmy New Year's Day afternoon attracted 35 birders to the boardwalk at Greensprings Trail for the "Bird Show." Highlights were Northern Pintails and Green-wing Teals.
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    Greensprings Greenway Trail - CLP02, James City, US-VA
    Jan 1, 2012 12:45 PM - 3:15 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     Seventh Annual Williamsburg Bird Club "Boardwalk Bird Show"
    25 species (+1 other taxa)

    Canada Goose  4
    Mallard  6
    Northern Pintail  3
    Green-winged Teal  22
    Great Blue Heron  2
    Black Vulture  2
    Turkey Vulture  8
    Bald Eagle  1
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