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Sat Aug 2 6:30 am - 1:00 pm
Field Trip to Craney Island

Ruth Beck will be leading us on this terrific opportunity for a visit to Craney Island. We'll depart from the Colony Square shopping center on Jamestown Road at 6:30 AM and caravan to the island. Due to access restrictions at the island we need to provide Dr. Beck with the number of participants in advance of the trip so she can make the proper arrangements. If you would like to join us, please send me a note or call me by July 20th so I can let Ruth know how many people to expect.

Rappahannock River Valley NWR--Wilna Unit, Jul 19, 2014

Rappahannock River Valley NWR--Wilna Unit, Richmond, US-VA
Jul 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Cloudy, calm, 75F to 80F
56 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  3
Northern Bobwhite  3
Wild Turkey  7
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  4
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  1
crow sp.  25
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  7
Cedar Waxwing  2
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  15
Northern Parula  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  5
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  9
Grasshopper Sparrow  8
Summer Tanager  7
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  11
Indigo Bunting  24
Dickcissel  4
Red-winged Blackbird  14
Common Grackle  68
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19154249

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

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 00:32

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, July 11, 2014

Photo by George Boyles.

 New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
 Jul 11, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 Protocol: Traveling
 1.0 mile(s)
 Comments:     Clear, mild, seventies
 34 species

 Great Blue Heron  4
 Great Egret  7
 Green Heron  1
 Black Vulture  1
 Turkey Vulture  4
 Osprey  6
 Laughing Gull  3
 Mourning Dove  2
 Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
 Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
 Downy Woodpecker  1
 Northern Flicker  2
 Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
 Acadian Flycatcher  5
 Great Crested Flycatcher  2
 Yellow-throated Vireo  1
 Red-eyed Vireo  3
 Blue Jay  2
 American Crow  3
 Barn Swallow  18
 Carolina Chickadee  3
 Tufted Titmouse  6
 Carolina Wren  2
 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
 Eastern Bluebird  5
 Wood Thrush  1
 American Robin  2
 Pine Warbler  2
 Chipping Sparrow  3
 Summer Tanager  1
 Northern Cardinal  3
 Common Grackle  4
 House Finch  2
 American Goldfinch  5

 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19197671

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

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 00:37

No Meetings in the Summer, but Bird Walks Continue

There are no Club meetings in June, July or August. Twice-a-month walks at New Quarter Park will continue. Some field trips will be held. Check your email and this website for upcoming events.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 June 2014 13:41

Field Trip to Shirley Plantation, May 10 Bird List

Shirley Plantation (address and gps at http://www.shirleyplantation.com/plan_directions.html)
8:30am to 12:30am, 11 observers
Weather: overcast with patchy sun, warm, light breeze
 
Canada Goose - 14
Wood Duck - 1
Mallard - 1
Northern Bobwhite - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 15
Great Blue Heron - 1
Turkey Vulture - 4
Osprey - 11
Bald Eagle - 3 (2 adults, 1 4th year adult)
Black-necked Stilt - 1 (Seen by Geoff and Tom)
Killdeer - 1
Spotted Sandpiper - 2
Probable yellowlegs sp - 2 flying
Tern sp - 2 (flying away)
Mourning Dove - 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Chimney Swift - 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 6
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Great Crested Flycatcher - 6
Eastern Kingbird - 1
Blue Jay - 10
American Crow - 4
Fish Crow - 1
Tree Swallow - 2
Barn Swallow - 3
Cliff Swallow - 3-5
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 3
Carolina Wren - 10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1
American Robin - 4
Northern Mockingbird - 7
Brown Thrasher - 3
European Starling - 10
Prothonotary Warbler - 2
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Northern Cardinal - 12
Indigo Bunting - 4
Eastern Meadowlark - 3
Red-winged Blackbird - 3
Common Grackle - 4
Brown-headed Cowbird - 5
Orchard Oriole - 15
House Finch - 3
American Goldfinch - 2
 
Dockside Restaurant, 700 Jordan Point Road, VA 23860 and Jordan Point/James River
1pm to 2:45pm, 5 observers
 
Mallard - 7
Double-crested Cormorant - 10
Great Blue Heron - 1
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 2
Bald Eagle - 1 adult
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Laughing Gull - 4
Caspian Tern - 1
Rock Pigeon - 2
Barn Swallow - 5+
Cliff Swallow - 10+
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Eurasian Starling - 2 
Common Grackle - 15 
 
I think that makes 53 confirmed species for the day at these two locations (plus Catbird, Acadian Flycatcher and Chipping Sparrow for me on the cycle to Jamestown Road and Purple Martin on the drive there, for 57 total).  -Chris Monahan

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 00:55

WBC Represented at Colonial Heritage

Carpentars at Colonial Heritage
Ann and Gary Carpenter at the Bird Club exhibit at the April 9 Flower & Garden Show sponsored by Colonial Heritage.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:27

2013 Recipients of the Bill Sheehan and Ruth Beck Ornithological Research Grants

Left to right: Vitek Jirinec, Peggy Whitney, Ghazi Mahjoub. Photo by Shirley Devan

Vitek Jirinec’s research on the Wood Thrush “focuses on these two questions: What kind of habitat composition characterizes areas frequented by Wood Thrush males? Or do areas with high probability of use by the species contain more food instead? The answers to these questions have important conservation implications, and should
answer the question why a forest-associated bird persists in human-fragmented areas around Williamsburg. Our methodology includes tracking individual birds via radio-telemetry and subsequent vegetation and invertebrate sampling.”


Ghazi Mahjoub’s research is on European Starlings; the title is “Using a ‘Sonic Net’ to Deter Pest Bird Species: Excluding European Starlings by Disrupting their Acoustic Environment.” Previous technologies used to deter starlings have generally
failed as birds quickly habituate to startle regimes. We broadcast a "net" of sound ("Sonic net") aimed to prevent starlings from communicating.”


Margaret Whitney’s research is on “The Impact of Methylmercury on Passerine Migratory Behavior.” Per Margaret: “Because migration is such a complex behavior that depends on hormonal cues and neurological function, we suspect mercury could
have adverse impacts on it as well. I studied captive white-throated sparrows, monitoring their fat stores and zugunruhe (migratory restlessness).”

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:20

Next bird walk Saturday, August 9 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, 30 July 2014 20:04

Can you identify this? Joe's Mystery Bird

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski
This feature is only on the website and in the electronic version of The Flyer.

See all birds from previous months in Our Photo Gallery

Click on photo and comment in our photo gallery. What bird do you think this is?

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:17

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

Bird ID from Recycle Bin - Photos By Joe Piotrowski

Our Photo Gallery

April's bird was a Tri-Colored Heron.

March's bird was a Willet

 

 

February's bird was a Black Skimmer.

January's bird was a Willet.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:13

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

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

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