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Sat Sep 27 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.

September 17 Meeting: Dan Cristol

The September meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday the 17th. Dan Cristol will present a program on Birds and Pollution, focusing on his own lab’s work with mercury pollution in the Shenandoah Valley. Dan is a Biology Professor at
William and Mary and is a member of the Williamsburg Bird Club. His areas of specialization are Animal Behavior, Behavioral
Ecology, Ornithology and Ecotoxicology.

If you go to the website http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/aug/wingedwarnings4heavy-metalsongs you will read about some of the research being done by Dan and some of his students.  Refreshments will be provided by Lois Ullman and Jan Lockwood.

The meeting will be in Andrews Hall, Room 101. Please be sure to display your parking permit on the dashboard of your car.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 00:55

September 20 Field Trip: Newport News Park

Our September 20th field trip will be to one of our local hotspots, Newport News Park. This is an excellent location for both experienced and novice birders. The wide range of habitat, from woodlands to open fields, and wetlands to open water, attracts an impressive diversity of birds, even during the late summer months. We’ll plan to meet at the Colony Square Shopping Center on Jamestown Road at 7:30 am to carpool to the park. For those wishing to drive on their own, please meet us at 8:00 am in the parking lot near the Ranger Station (not the Park Headquarters). If you are unsure where the Ranger Station is located, then please contact Jim Corliss at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This will be a nice adventures. We hope to see you there!

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 00:54

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, September 13, 2014

 

September 13, 2014 Walk at New Quarter Park
We had a great turn-out for the club's September 13 bird walk at New Quarter Park. Eighteen birders, including "finer niners" from The Virginia Master Naturalists Cohort 9 and two visitors from Minnesota, braved the impending rain to enjoy a cool and bug-free overcast morning. Bird highlights included three Clapper Rails, one of which graced us with a nice view on the far side of Queen's Creek, plus an adult Red-headed Woodpecker which has been scarce in the park for the last year. The Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets were plentiful, and a beautiful female Belted Kingfisher posed for the group in the viewfinder of Geoff's spotting scope. Near the picnic shelters on the trail to the fire pit, Lisa Nickel found the most unusual sighting of the morning - a slumbering raccoon curled up precariously between two branches alongside a tree trunk fifty feet above the ground. Most of us glanced over the raccoon, mistaking it simply for a tree burl. But Lisa noted that the strange tree "growth" was furry, and a careful look through the scope revealed that it was breathing. It's difficult to imagine how the raccoon was comfortable given it's position, and we'll need to keep an eye out in the future to see if it continues frequenting this odd resting place. Thanks to all for coming out and enjoying the nice morning.
 
 
Participants (some not pictured)
Jim Corliss
Sue Mutell
Geoff Giles
Cheryl Jacobson
Joyce Lowry
Brenda Uekert
Tom Mills
Jim and Suzan Griffin
Hal and Lana Becker
Millie and Ray Abell
Lisa Nickel
Bruce Glendenning
Susan Nordholm
Jan Lockwood
 
New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Sep 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Overcast, calm, 65F to 75F, low tide.
34 species

Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Clapper Rail  3     All three heard. One seen foraging along far side of Queen's Creek.
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  9
Mourning Dove  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1     Adult near fire pit.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  2
American Redstart  1
Pine Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  6
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19817436

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

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 01:56

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

Next bird walk Saturday, September 27 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 Monday, 15 September 2014 00:59

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

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

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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

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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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