April 16: Field Trip to Great Dismal Swamp

Photo by Shirley DevanJoin us Saturday, April 16 for our field trip to the Great Dismal Swamp. We're fortunate to have Bob Ake as our leader again this year. This should be a good opportunity for some early returning warblers (Prothonotary, Hooded, Black and White), Barred Owls, and of course we're always hopeful for a good view of a Swainson's Warbler.

Our plan is to walk into the swamp for roughly 2 hours along Washington Ditch, starting at 7:00 AM, and then return to the trailhead by about 11:00. From there Bob has suggested he may go over to Railroad Ditch and possibly drive down to Lake Drummond for anyone interested in extending their visit beyond noon. 

If you have your own transportation and don't wish to join us for the entire walk, please come anyway and enjoy the morning for as long as you wish.

We’ll carpool from the Colony Square shopping center at 5:30 AM to arrive at the swamp by 7:00 AM. We'll make a short pit stop in Suffolk on the way. For those wishing to drive on their own, meet us in the parking lot at the trailhead of Washington Ditch by 7:00 AM. To arrive at the parking lot, travel south on White Marsh Road (Rt. 642) in Suffolk, turn left onto Washington Ditch Road, and travel approximately one mile to the trailhead parking lot on your left.

There is no need to sign up for the trip and there is no cost. Just be either at Colony Square, 1303 Jamestown Rd., by 5:30 AM or at the Washington Ditch parking lot by 7:00 AM Photo by Shirley Devan. April 2015 Dismal Swamp trip


Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:46

April 20 Meeting: Student Research

Each year the Bird Club sponsors the Ruth Beck and Bill Sheehan Ornithology Research Grants for W&M graduate students who conduct research on birds for their Masters’ Degrees. In 2015, the Club donated grants to Virginia Greene, Nicole Ingrassia, and Sarah Wolf. In April they will share short presentations with us about their research findings.

Sarah Wolf – “Assessing the ototoxic effects of methylmercury exposure in the Zebra Finch”

Virginia Greene – “Mercury and Mate Choice in Zebra Finches”

Nicole Ingrassia – “Bird Strikes: Introduction and Project Significance”

It is vital to show our support for our grant recipients with our attendance at this meeting. We appreciate your financial support, of course, but we should also indicate our commitment to their research by attending this meeting. Last year’s presentations were excellent, and Dr. Dan Cristol has indicated this year the presentations will be even better. 

We meet at 7:00 pm in Room 1227 in the Integrated Sciences Center on the campus of William and Mary. Park near Phi Beta Kappa Hall, 601 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA. Remember to use your parking permit.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:14

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, March 26, 2016


New Quarter Park, York, Virginia, US
Mar 26, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     50F, Mostly cloudy, light breeze
40 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  9
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  6
Bald Eagle  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
crow sp.  2
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1     Observed by six experienced birders at 30 feet. Characteristic buzzing call, warbler-size but longer tail with white outer tail feathers.
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  7
Hermit Thrush  2
Cedar Waxwing  18
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  10
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  9

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28565300

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:10

Next bird walk Saturday, April 23 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 Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:23

New Meeting Time and Room: 7:00 p.m. at the Integrated Science Center, Room 1127

Our next meeting will be January 20 at 7:00 p.m. in a new room in a new building, the Integrated Science Center, Room 1127, at the College of William and Mary (behind Phi Beta Kappa Hall). Note that we are now meeting earlier, at 7:00 rather than 7:30. There is no meeting in December. The Integrated Science building is past Andrews Hall, to the right of Millington. See map.


Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015 01:08

Parking Pass for Bird Club Meetings

Be sure to download and print out this parking pass. Put it under your windshield when you come to our meetings. Meetings will start up again, after a summer break, in September. Come to Andrews Hall, College of William and Mary (in the back of the Phi Beta Kappa building at 601 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, Wednesday evening, September 16th, at 7:30. Members Ann and Gary Carpenter will present a discussion of the Roads Scholar trips, and show photos highlighting the birds the saw on their Roads Scholar bird trip in Texas.Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 21:37

Find Us on Facebook

Did you know the Williamsburg Bird Club has a facebook page?


Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 19:33

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

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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