• Field Trip to New Kent Forestry Center, March 17, 2012

    Bluebird by Inge Curtis, taken 2011 at New Kent Forestry Center

    Our WBC March field trip will be to the New Kent Forestry Center Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 a.m.  We will offer two simultaneous walks on separate trails, both beginning at seven. One trail covers mixed pine and hardwood forest plus fields, the second features mixed forest and swamp trail - so you can take your pick between two exceptional habitats.

    NKFC is not normally open to the public, so this is a rare chance to spend as much time as you wish birding some unspoiled nature, from the banks of Chickahominee Lake, to wetlands, grasslands and forest. This property was formerly a State Game Farm and still features a healthy population of wild turkeys and bobwhites. There is also a large population of foxes, which chase the gamebirds and some coyotes which pursue the foxes. All that in addition to a bustling population of our regional bird species.

    NKFC gates will be open, and bird walks will start from a location which is a five minute drive from the main gate along a marked road.   It is about a forty minute drive from Williamsburg, and is about 11 miles east of the left turn on route 60 at Anderson's Corner.  The address to set into your GPS is 11301 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge.  For those wishing to carpool, we will depart at 6:00 a.m. from the IHOP parking lot at 747 East Rochambeau Drive (near Walmart).

    Our birdwalks will be a part of the NKFC "Walk in the Forest" celebration.  There will be other activities throughout the day offered and free native tree saplings given away.
  • Bird Outreach at Wild Birds Unlimited March 10

    On Saturday, March 10, 2012 members of the Williamsburg Bird Club will be on hand at Wild Birds Unlimited in the Monticello Marketplace Shopping Center from 1:00 p.m. on to answer birding and bird related questions.We will be recruiting participants for the April 29, 2012 Williamsburg Spring Bird Count and promoting other citizen science activities including eBird, the December 16, 2012 Williamsburg Christmas Bird, and the February 2013 Great Back Yard Bird Count, among others.Tell your neighbors and friends to migrate our way on March 10!

  • Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20, 2012

    The 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count starts Friday, February 17 and continues through Monday, February 20. We hope you'll count the birds in and around your yard and neighborhood. You can count for as little as 15 minutes and submit your list to Cornell for the nationwide data base.  You can also count the birds in your local park or anywhere you travel these four days. As you know, our area has diverse habitats and this will be a great weekend to explore them and see what birds are here for the winter.

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology has even prepared a "how to" video

    The Williamsburg Bird Club has prepared a list of birds you can expect to see in our area in mid-February. You can download the PDF file here. Feel free to print out as many as you need. Please use one page for each "count" you do this weekend.

    Then go to Cornell's website and look for "submit your list" in the upper left corner. It's EASY!

    Join members of the Williamsburg Bird Club and Historic Rivers Chapter Master Naturalists at York River State Park each day of the count (Friday - Monday) at 1:00 pm for a Park "Count." [There is a $3 per car entrance fee for the park.]  From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.

    The Williamsburg area traditionally ranks as one of the areas in VA with the highest number of checklists submitted. So let's continue that tradition. Submit early and often!!

  • Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, February 11, 2012

    Thanks to Hugh Beard to leading the Bird Walk at New Quarter Park Saturday morning and thanks to all who ventured forth on a chilly morning.

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    Left to right (seated): Bob Long, Cynthia Long, Joanne Andrews

    Left to right (Standing): Hugh Beard, Audrey Root, Regina Root, Tom McCary, David Dafashy, Virginia Boyles, David Taylor, Susan Nordholm.
    Not pictured: Margaret Ware, George Boyles. Photo by George Boyles.
    New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
    Feb 11, 2012 7:50 AM - 10:55 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.8 mile(s)
    Comments:     Tom McCary, David Taylor, George and Virginia Broyles, David Dafashy, Bob and Cynthia Long, Joanne Andrews, Susan Nordholm, Margaret Ware, Regina and Audrey Root, Hugh Beard
    35 species

    Bufflehead  3
    Hooded Merganser  1
    Red-breasted Merganser  2
    Double-crested Cormorant  1
    Great Blue Heron  1
    Turkey Vulture  30
    Northern Harrier  1
    Red-tailed Hawk  2
  • February 15: Everglades: Birds, Gators, and More

    Join us Wednesday, February 15 for Everglades: Birds, Gators,  and More, a photographic, video, and audio journey in the Everglades as described by Dean Shostak, Certified VA Master Naturalist, who led a group of 22 Bird Club members, Master Naturalists and Colonial Nature Photo Club members on nature expedition to the Everglades in mid-January. The group ventured out on dawn and dusk kayak trips, slough slogs, swamp walks, and swamp buggies to experience everything the Everglades offered. We'll enjoy Dean's stories along with participants’ exquisite photos, video and audio of birds, gators, crocodiles, frogs, turtles, butterflies, and more. Plan to join us on February at 7:30 pm in Room 150, Millington Hall on the W&M campus. Virginia Boyles and Marilyn Adair will be providing the refreshments.

    With your parking permit you can park in front of PBK.Walk around PBK on the right and follow the sidewalk past PBK and Andrews Hall (connected to PBK). Millington is located between Swem Library (on the left) and the new Integrated Science Center (on the right). Millington has the large metal ramp for handicap access. We'll be in the large auditorium just inside the doors behind the metal ramp. We'll have the greeting table in the lobby.


  • February 18: Field Trip to Dutch Gap

    Winter ducks are in, including shovellers, Gadwalls, wigeons, ring-necks, Wood Ducks and much more. Viewing platforms afford good looks and photo opportunities for these beautiful winter visitors. This is an easy one hour drive or carpool that should not be missed for the winter birds. In addition to the waterfowl impoundments we will walk through some great habitat including mixed woodlands and marsh. Meet at 7:30 am at Colony Square Shopping Center to form carpools.

  • "Q&A" at Wild Birds Unlimited

    Members of the Williamsburg Bird Club will be on hand at Wild Birds Unlimited to answer your questions about  birds of the Williamsburg area (including your backyard) and to help you prepare for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count.

    Saturday, February 11, come by Wild Birds Unlimited on Monticello Ave (near Martin's Grocery) between 1 and 2 pm to talk to knowledgeable area birders about your birds and where to find birds in the Williamsburg area.

    While you're there, pick up materials to prepare for the Great Backyard Bird Count February 17 - 20.

    Questions? Call Shirley Devan, President, Williamsburg Bird Club, 757-813-1322.

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