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Sat Apr 19 5:30 am - 11:00 am
Monthly Field Trip: Great Dismal Swamp

Bob Ake will lead. Meet at 5:30 a.m. if you want to carpool. We will begin birding at 7:00 a.m. beginning at at the trailhead of Washington Ditch.<br /> <br /> The Williamsburg Bird Club sponsors a monthly field trip to various locations usually within an hour's drive of Williamsburg. Members and non-members alike are invited to come. We usually carpool from Colony Square Shopping Center. Check here each month for specific details.

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, April 12, 2014

Bird Walk at NQP April 12, 2014


New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Apr 12, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear skies, 60F, calm
37 species

Canada Goose  3
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Ovenbird  2
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  7
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  3

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:45

April 16 Meeting: Grad Students' Research

Each year in April, the Bird Club invites the William and Mary students who received the Bill Sheehan and Ruth Beck Ornithological Research Grants to present information about their research. Join us Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 pm in Andrews Hall Room 101. Remember your parking permit! The students this year are Vitek Jirinec, Ghazi Mahjoub, and Margaret Whitney.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:20

Support the Wren Wrustlers and the Virginia Living Museum

The “Wren Wrustlers” (and the Virginia Living Museum!) need your support! Our team of four Bird Club members will compete in the Birding Cup April 11-12 to help raise funds for the Virginia Living Museum.

Jan Lockwood, Jeanette Navia, Susan Powell, and I will start at 6:30 pm Friday, April 11 and “bird like crazy” until 6:30 pm Saturday, April 12. We’ll be competing with half a dozen other teams (including folks from our own bird club!) throughout the Peninsula’s wild and not so wild areas to count as many different species of birds as possible in that 24-hour period. How much sleep we get is still “to be determined!” 

It’s easy to donate! All funds go to the terrific programs at The Living Museum. Every donation (no matter how large or small) is important! You can donate safely and easily on line at:
In the box for “Special notes regarding my donation,” note you are supporting the “Wren Wrustlers!” Thanks!

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:22

April 19 Field Trip: The Great Dismal Swamp

Please join us Saturday, April 19 for our bird club field trip to the Great Dismal Swamp. We're fortunate to be led on this trip by Bob Ake, who is a resident expert on the swamp's wildlife. In addition to the large number of usual avian residents, this will be a great time of year for Wild Turkey, Wood Ducks, and returning breeders such as White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos, Ovenbirds, and early warblers (Black and White, Prothonotary, Prairie).

This trip is not only for birders, but also for butterfly enthusiasts as Bob helps us identify the many species that inhabit this unique habitat. To take advantage of the singing birds at sunrise, we will leave Colony Square shopping center at 5:30 AM on Saturday, April 19th and begin birding in the swamp at 7:00 AM. We'll make a rest 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 Rd. (Rt. 642) in Suffolk, turn left onto Washington Ditch Rd., and travel approximately one mile to trailhead parking lot on your left.

Bob plans to walk into the swamp along Washington Ditch Trail for 2 to 3 hours focusing on birds. Then as we return to the  parking lot we'll take advantage of the risen sun to find and identify butterflies. We plan to leave the trailhead parking lot by about noon. If you have your own transportation and don't wish to join us for the entire walk, please come and enjoy the site for as long as you wish. There is no need to sign up for the trip, but if you think you might come please let me know just so I can tell Bob how large of a group he might expect.

Please contact Jim Corliss, Field Trip Coordinator, 565-0536, if you have any questions.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:39

Spring Bird Count May 4, 2014

Put Sunday, May 4, 2014 into your birding bonnet to remind yourself you will be participating in the Williamsburg
Bird Club’s annual Spring Bird Count. Teams will be divided among sections leaders, just like those for the
Christmas Bird Count. Each section leader will work with team members to establish a plan of action for the day, and
will be responsible for reporting the section totals for the count’s final tally. Our count compilation event will be at
Carrot Tree Kitchens on Jamestown Road. We will assemble at Carrot Tree at 5:00 p.m.; the final tally will being at 6.
Contact Bill Williams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 229-1124 to let him know you want to participate. We are really eager to get as many people involved as possible – ESPECIALLY FEEDER WATCHERS!

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 00:17

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park, March 8, 2014

Group at New Quarter Park bird walk, March 8, 2014
Photo by Shirley Devan

New Quarter Park, York, US-VA
Mar 8, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Williamsburg Bird Club 2nd Saturday Bird Walk, led by Tom McCary
33 species

Canada Goose  3
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  3
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Ruddy Duck  7
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  6
Turkey Vulture  9
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  13
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  1

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 22:54

Leucistic Cardinal

Mike Fowler, near Norge, spotted this leucistic Cardinal in his yard March 3. Leucism is a condition in animals characterized by reduced pigmentation. 


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 05:16

Next bird walk Saturday, April 12 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 Monday, 07 April 2014 00:21

Curle's Neck Field Trip, March 2, 2014

Curles Neck - PRIVATE, Henrico, US-VA
Mar 2, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear skies, 40F-65F, calm
63 species

Canada Goose  850
Tundra Swan  4
Wood Duck  3
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  4
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  20
Northern Shoveler  24
Green-winged Teal  18
Ring-necked Duck  34
Lesser Scaup  3
Bufflehead  32
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Ruddy Duck  34
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Red-necked Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  42
Great Blue Heron  19
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  12
Northern Harrier  2
Bald Eagle  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  4
American Coot  34
Killdeer  64
Wilson's Snipe  18
Ring-billed Gull  700
Mourning Dove  36
Barn Owl  1
Great Horned Owl  1     Female on nest
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  85
Fish Crow  1
Horned Lark  8
Tree Swallow  15
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  11
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  55
American Pipit  100
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Field Sparrow  5
Savannah Sparrow (Eastern)  2
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  18
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  70
Eastern Meadowlark  6
Common Grackle  1

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:11

CBBT Boat Trip Bird List February 16, 2014

1          Redhead
200      Greater Scaup
50        Lesser Scaup
1          Harlequin Duck
1100    Surf Scoter
30        White-winged Scoter
250      Black Scoter
240      Long-tailed Duck
150      Bufflehead
3          Common Goldeneye
150      Red-breasted Merganser
3          Ruddy Duck
20        Red-throated Loon
8          Common Loon
3          Horned Grebe
7          Red-necked Grebe
70        Northern Gannet
40        Double-crested Cormorant
16        Great Cormorant
1          Turkey Vulture
1          Osprey
1          Bald Eagle
1          Ruddy Turnstone
3          Sanderling
10        Purple Sandpiper
13        Razorbill
8          Bonaparte's Gull
100      Ring-billed Gull
100      Herring Gull (American)
10        Lesser Black-backed Gull
30        Great Black-backed Gull
25        Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 17:06

Christmas Bird Count Results 2013

Every December the Williamsburg Bird Club sets a record for itself. This year we completed our 37th Williamsburg Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 15, 2013, beating our record of 36 consecutive counts set in 2012 (see how easy that is?) and we did so with no less than 107 participants (see list). The latter is 25 participants more than the previous record of 82 for the 2012 CBC. As recently as 2006 the participant total was a whopping 28!!! This year’s species total of 114 was one shy of the count’s all-time high of 115 set on December 16, 1984. Excel file of 2013 CBC Compilation.


Last Updated on Sunday, 05 January 2014 02:47

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Sat Apr 19 05:30 am - 11:00 am
Monthly Field Trip: Great Dismal Swamp


Sat Apr 26 07:00 am - 09:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park


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Spring Bird Count


Sat May 10 08:00 am - 10:00 am
Bird Walk @ New Quarter Park


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Monthly Field Trip

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