The Williamsburg Bird Club fledged in 1977, forty years ago! We will be celebrating this anniversary in September. Details will be sent to members later this summer. Meanwhile, we have been going through our history and think members may be interested in things we've done over the past forty years.
August 11, 2017 Field Trip to Craney Island, Portsmouth [Note this date is a Friday.] Our Bird Club has visited Craney Island many times over the years and the birds are always phenomenal. What has changed is access and security. We’ll visit on Friday because we must be escorted by staff from the US Army Corps of Engineers, who do not work on Saturday.
Meet the group by 7 am at Colony Square Shopping Center for a prompt departure at 7 am. Carpooling is a must for this trip – we should not have more than 10 cars. If you don’t want to carpool on the drive down, you may be asked to carpool as we drive around Craney. Our tour is scheduled to start at 8:00 am and end by noon. Bill Williams and David Youker, who regularly bird Craney for the Corps of Engineers as part of the CVWO survey team, will be our leaders.
Participation is limited to 30 people and Bird Club members get first preference. Please let me know in advance if you want to go on this trip. Email Shirley Devan. She will keep a list and a wait list if necessary.
Here is some info from the Corps of Engineers about our morning at Craney:
Bird walks at New Quarter Park continue throughout the summer. Check back here for upcoming field trips. Meetings will resume in September, when we celebrate our fortieth anniversary! Get out and enjoy those birds!
The best rule of thumb can be borrowed directly from one of the oldest codes of ethics in the world:
FIRST, DO NO HARM!!
Do no harm to the birds, to the environment, or to the enjoyment of the field trip’s participants. These are not regulations, but suggestions and reminders drawn from the experiences of participants who found their enjoyment of and rewards from field trips were enhanced by observing the following:
1. Put the Welfare of the birds first! Avoid harassment of any kind. While observing or photographing do nothing to endanger or stress the birds. Do not attempt to flush birds by throwing things into shrubbery.
2. Follow the leaders – do not precede them or explore nearby side areas. Such activity flushes birds before others can see them.
3. Once the birding begins, be as quiet as possible. Please leave social conversation in the parking lot. Turn off your cell phones. Keep extraneous conversation to a bare minimum and, if you must talk, do so as quietly as possible. When the leaders or participants have obviously been alerted to a bird, stop moving and stop talking. Try to avoid sudden or loud noises, sweeping gestures, or quick movements.
4. Don’t try to call the birds. Generally leave pishing, squeaking, the use of recordings and laser pointers to the leaders or, at the least, ask their permission before using any of these devices.
5. If you are photographing birds, allow others to view the bird before moving forward to take your photo.
6. Please be helpful when possible. Gently, call the group’s attention to any bird they may have missed. If you are using a scope, invite other participants to view birds you have found. At the same time, as a participant, limit your time viewing through another’s scope....five seconds would be a general guide...so that other group member may also get the sighting.
7. Respect private property. Do not enter unless you have explicit permission to do so.
8. Protect the environment at all times. Do not trample or otherwise damage vegetation. Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat disturbance to a minimum. In the words of the National Park Service, while in the field “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.”
Back Row: Thad Hecht, Zack Poelker, Betsy Middleton, Jeanette Navia, John Janovick, Jim Mayfield, Tom McCary Front Row: Lieve Keeney, Jason Strickland (leader), Jan Lockwood, Nancy Barnhart, Joyce Lowry, Janice Mayfield, Shirley Devan Photo by Shirley Devan. Not in the photo: Raymond Harrison
It's that time of year. Kids have fledged and it time to replace those feathers that looked so good through courtship and baby care. This is a healthy male Northern Cardinal; very disheveled and unappealing looking for sure. A "sick" bird would likely not be present at a feeder for more than a few days, passing away somewhere out of sight or snatched up by a local predator.
The bird club is asked about this unsightly molt appearance about this time every year. They sure look funny, but they are fine!
|24 Jun 07:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|08 Jul 08:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|22 Jul 07:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|11 Aug 07:00AM Craney Island Field Trip|
|12 Aug 08:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|26 Aug 07:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|
|09 Sep 08:00AM Bird Walk at New Quarter Park|