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Sat Oct 25 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park

Bill Williams will lead. Meet in the parking lot by the park office. Open to the public. Free of charge. If you need to borrow a pair of binoculars, the park office has some.

October 15 Meeting: Florida Birds

Bob Schamerhorn will be our presenter for the October 15, 2014 Williamsburg Bird Club program entitled “Birding Florida’s Hotspots.” This will be a fun and informative program with great photos of birds! 7:30 pm, Andrews Hall, Room 101, W&M
This program displays a spectacular array of Florida birds and the places to find them. The show contains Swallow-tailed Kites, Snail Kites, Sandhill Cranes, Roseate Spoonbills, Crested Caracara, Limpkin, Florida Scrub Jays, Burrowing Owls,
Painted Buntings and lots more. It is presented with colorful photographs, locality maps and discussion of some of the best places to find birds and wildlife in Florida. A printed map with location information is provided for each attendee.

Bob studied Art and Design at Virginia Tech in the early 1980’s and has worked in art related fields ever since. Photography is an extension of skills he uses in his vocation as a graphic artist for Infinity Graphics, a business he started in 1996. Bob
maintains a weekly photo-blog at and on Facebook. He is a member of the Richmond Audubon and Hawaii Audubon Societies, the Colonial Nature Photography Club and VSO

Ruth and Deane Gordon will provide refreshments.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 20:41

October 18 Field Trip to the Eastern Shore

Meet by 7:30 am Saturday, October 18 at Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road and prepare to carpool to save on tolls. The group will visit Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park in the morning, aiming to finish around noon. For those who wish to continue birding in the afternoon, the group will head to “the dump” and Willis Wharf. Carpoolers
should plan to ride with those whose return time coincides with theirs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 20:44

Field Trip to Newport News Park, September 20, 2014

Newport News Park Field Trip


Jim Corliss
Geoff Giles
Tom McCary
Cathy Millar
Andy Hawkins
Linda Scherer
Rock Moeslein
Newport News State Park Field Trip
September 20, 2014
Seven bird club members were rewarded with a beautiful fall day for our September 20 field trip to Newport News State Park. Starting at the ranger station we found a lingering Osprey, a beautiful Black and White Warbler, and a very, very early Ruby-crowned Kinglet. While the kinglet didn't quite set a new early record, it was a surprise to find it flitting around an American Holly tree in mid-September. After squeezing every last species we could out of the reservoir from this vantage point, we walked east over the boardwalk to the adjacent point in search of a Red-headed Woodpecker. I don't think we were actually expecting to be so fortunate, but within a few minutes we heard the familiar tchur tchur call, and sure enough we found a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker perched near a cavity at the top of a snag.
Our next stop was the trail out to the Swamp Bridge. At the first overlook we spotted the resident family of Mute Swans, two adults and four juveniles, that graced us with several flybys that allowed us to enjoy the whup whup chorus generated by their wingbeats. On the Swamp Bridge we found a foraging Prairie Warbler plus a Sharp-shinned Hawk circling high overhead. The highlight of the morning though was a Cottonmouth snake that swam under the bridge directly beneath us and then posed for a photo. If I kept a reptile life list I would have been even more excited, because this was the first Cottonmouth I had ever seen and we were fortunate that it provided such a point-blank view.
Cottonmouth, photo by Cathy Millarphoto by Cathy Millar
Heading back along the trail towards our cars we were surprised by yet another relatively early bird - a female Green-winged Teal that was hiding out with a small flock of Mallards near the overlook platform. Bonus points go to Linda Scherer for recognizing the smaller teal amongst the Mallards. After five or so minutes pondering over this bird it finally displayed its green speculum, putting our doubts to rest. After further searching we recognized that two American Black Ducks were also part of this group, along with a young Green Heron that wondered into the party just to make sure it wasn't ignored. Behind us on the other side of the boardwalk and close to shore was a beautiful adult Green Heron that was very content posing on a log for the 15 minutes that we loitered around the platform.
We ended the day with a single Ring-billed Gull hanging out with a dozen Laughing Gulls on top of the pipeline, bringing the day's total to 51 species. The combination of the birds, the beautiful weather, and the companionship made this a particularly enjoyable field trip. Thanks to everyone who participated.
See more photos here.

Newport News City Park - CLP07, Newport News, US-VA

Sep 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Light breeze, partly cloudy, 65F to 75F
51 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  6     Two adults and four immatures
Wood Duck  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  13
Green-winged Teal  1     Female feeding with a group of Mallards
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  35
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  3
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  13
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  14
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1     Bird was foraging in a holly tree, exhibiting kinglet-like behavior. Field marks were wing bars, a white eye ring, drab green back, creamy/gray undersides. There were no yellow markings that would have indicated other fall warblers with wing bars. Bird was identified by three experienced birders.
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  45
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Pine Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  8

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 03:23

Next bird walk Saturday, October 25 at 7 a.m. at New Quarter Park

The Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park co-sponsor bird walks at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, twice a month — the second and fourth Saturdays. The second Saturdays we meet at 8 a.m; the fourth Saturdays we meet at 7 a.m. Meet in the parking lot near the park office. Participants can stay as long as they’d like. Generally, the leader will walk about two hours or so, but participants can peel off as they like. Walks are free and open to the public. You need not be a member to join us. Just show up! Google map.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 20:42

Can you identify this? Joe's Mystery Bird

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski
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See all birds from previous months in Our Photo Gallery

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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 21:08

Bird ID from Recycle Bin Photos of Joe Piotrowski from Previous Months

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski

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September's bird was a Northern Gannett.

Summer's bird was a  Ruddy Turnstone.

April's bird was a Tri-Colored Heron.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 October 2014 21:33

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The Birds of Virginia’s Colonial Historic Triangle

Cover of Bill Williams' book, Birds of Virginia's Historic Colonial Triangle

The Bird Club has published “The Birds of Virginia’s Colonial Historic Triangle.” Editor Bill Williams compiled the data from local birders' records since the 1960's and 1970's. The cover, shown here, sports a stunning photo of our mascot bird, a Red-headed Woodpecker taken by Club member Mike Powell at Greensprings Trail. The book contains over 30 color photos by local nature photographers.

You can obtain one of “Bill’s Books” at just about any Bird Club event. They are also available at Morrison’s Flowers and Gifts at Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road and at Wild Birds Unlimited at Monticello Marketplace.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:02

Western Shore Marshes IBA

Six members of the Hampton Roads and Williamsburg Bird Clubs assembled in Gloucester County on 11 March to conduct a survey of our IBA. Cheryl Jacobson, Geoff Giles, Jane Frigo, Brent Slaughter, Laura Slaughter and Dave Youker conducted a bird survey at seven locations along the shores of the Guinea Neck and Robbins Neck areas.

The original survey date was 3 March, but the event was postponed due to rain. The weather was much more cooperative on 11 March with temperatures ranging into the 60s. While much of the area is private, we were able to get some shore access. The remainder of the time was spent assessing the adjacent wood and field lots.

Total species count for the day was 48, and several of the WSM IBA nomination species were found. The highlight had to be the 14 Brown-headed Nuthatches discovered along the Jenkins Rd area.

The next visit to our IBA hasn’t been scheduled yet, but an announcement will be forthcoming. If you do a bird walk at a location within our IBA, please forward your species count to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Download a copy of an Excel file listing all the current species list for the Western Shore Marshes IBA. This can be used when conducting surveys of the area.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:36

Principles of Birding Ethics

Download a copy of the VSO's Principles of Birding Ethics (pdf)

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:36

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