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

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    Photo by Shirley Devan

    Ten people turned out for a very birdy Bird Walk at New Quarter Park near Williamsburg. Bill Williams led the regular 4th Saturday Bird Walk sponsored by the Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park. We observed 60 species including some great warblers. Most people got looks at most of the warblers. The list as Bill submitted it to eBird is below. Seven warbler species: Ovenbird, Kentucky Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler

    New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
    Apr 28, 2012 5:20 AM - 8:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments:     overcast; breezy 48-55 degrees
    60 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck  4     two fly-by pairs
    Double-crested Cormorant  6
    Great Blue Heron  8     at least one active nest
    Great Egret  6
    > Black Vulture  1
    Turkey Vulture  9
    Osprey  8     4 active nests
    Bald Eagle  1
    Red-tailed Hawk  1
    Spotted Sandpiper  1
    Greater Yellowlegs  1

  • Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, April 14, 2012

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    New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
    Apr 14, 2012 7:55 AM - 10:25 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.7 mile(s)
    Comments:     Not many birds, but great company. We talked about caterpillars and native plants. We saw a gnatcatcher's nest. And the toxin in cherry is a form of cyanide, for those of you who look at this note.
    33 species

    Wood Duck  2
    Double-crested Cormorant  1
    Great Blue Heron  4
    Great Egret  1
    Turkey Vulture  9
    Osprey  5     At least three active nests
    Bald Eagle  2
    Laughing Gull  2
    Ring-billed Gull  1
    Chimney Swift  3
    Red-headed Woodpecker  2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
    White-eyed Vireo  1
    American Crow  1
    Purple Martin  9

  • Shirley Devan Receives Community Impact Award

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    Our Club president, Shirley Devan, was selected by WHRO and Dominion Power to receive one of six 2012 Community Impact Awards. Her award was in the category of the Environment. The award brings a $1000 donation to the organization of her choice. She has decided to divide the award between the Williamsburg Bird Club and the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Organization (for their 50th Anniversary).

    Watch this video produced for the award ceremony (and aired on WHRO-TV)


  • April Meeting: Calypso Birding in Trinidad & Tobago

    Palm Tanager by Randy Thrasher.

    Join us Wednesday, April 18 for Calypso Birding in Trinidad & Tobago, a presentation by Randy Thrasher that features the birds and sights that Randy and his wife Sue enjoyed while traveing in that country of two islands in the summer of 2009. Randy is a VSO Life Member and has become passionate about videotaping birds and other animals. He and his wife have had an opportunity to go to far-away places to bird. Smaller birds are not often seen in nature presentations because of the difficulties with video recording them, and this is Randy's greatest interest.

    Plan to join us on April 18 at 7:30 pm in Room 150, Millington Hall on the W&M campus. Lois Ullman will be providing the refreshments. Don't forget to use your parking permit.


  • Hummingbird Arrivals

    Bird Club members Alice and Seig Kopinitz say they've had their first Ruby-Throated Hummingbird sighting of the year! Get your feeders out. The appropriate feeding solution for yourhummingbird feeders is four parts water to one part sugar. Please do not use artificial sweeteners (such as Splenda). Nor should you use corn syrup, molasses, honey, or fruit juice. A sugar and water mixture most closely matches the contents of thenectar hummingbirds get from flowers. Also, please do not use food coloring. The best practice is to boil the water and let it cool to room temperature, then mix in the sugar. The solution should be room temperature when you pour it into your feeder and when you place your feeder outside. Please do not place an extremely hot or refrigerated solution outside for the birds. Regularly clean your feeder and replace the solution every 2-3 days, especially if it becomes cloudy.



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