Williamsburg Bird Club Offers Two Bill Williams Nature Camp Scholarships

The Williamsburg Bird Club requests applications from Williamsburg, James City County, and York County students in grades 5 to 12 for the Bill Williams Nature Camp Scholarships, two full tuition scholarships for a two week summer camp program in 2015 at the Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Virginia (www.naturecamp.net).

Download the application here. The completed form should be submitted along with a 300-word essay about the student’s interest in nature and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. The application form includes additional details about requirements and camp expectations. Essays will be evaluated for the best age-appropriate expression of interest in nature and anticipated benefit from attending the camp. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. The Williamsburg Bird Club will contact the students who earn the scholarships in early February 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:19

Next bird walk Saturday, December 13 at 8 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 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:26

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, November 22, 2014

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, November 22, 2014

23 degrees in November is pretty unusual but the low temps did not deter 9 hearty, warm-blooded birders who enjoyed a beautiful morning of birding at New Quarter Park yesterday. Little to no breeze saved us!
Many thanks to Bill Williams who led us around searching for the mysteriously missing Yellow-rumped Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos, and White-throated Sparrows. Where were they? Still snug in their beds, like the raccoon snoozing in the tree near the path!
The list of 29 bird species is below as Bill entered into eBird. Here is the group photo — the light was not my friend for this photo. [Sorry about that, Cheryl. Next time everyone sits in the shade!]
Front row: Betty Peterson, Jan Lockwood, Virginia Boyles, Shirley Devan
Standing: Joe Fridgen, Cheryl Jacobson, Joe Beene, George Boyles, Bill Williams

New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Nov 22, 2014 7:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     clear becoming partly cloudy; calm; 25-37 degrees; incoming tide; one raccoon; one gray squirrel
29 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12
Mallard  7
Bufflehead  27
Hooded Merganser  8     3 males, 5 females
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)  1
hawk sp.  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  27
Red-winged Blackbird  33
Common Grackle  50     estimated
blackbird sp.  82
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20636057

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 21:40

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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October's birds were Cattle Egrets.

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 Monday, 10 November 2014 02:44

- Check out all of Joe's mystery birds from previous monthsBird ID from Recycle Bin Photos of Joe Piotrowski from Previous Months

Can you identify this? Joe's Mystery Bird

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski
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Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 02:41

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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