Goldfinch Gazette Rockingham Bird Club

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SEPTEMBER FIELD TRIPS Diane Lepkowski, Members and guests welcome Minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Paul State Forest Friday September 6 with Bill Benish This is a walking trip we ll aim for. migrating warblers and more Bring water and snacks if you wish Meet at Paul Forest parking lot at. 8 00 AM From Dayton follow Rt 257 west towards Ottobine for about 6 miles turn right at the stop. sign onto Rt 613 Clover Hill Rd go about 2 miles to the gravel parking lot on the right Please. contact Bill Benish at wcbenish gmail com or 540 908 7336 if you plan to attend. Switzer Dam Wednesday September 11 with Greg Moyers We ll car bird on the Forest Service. road with some walking on uneven terrain for those who wish to Targets include migrating warblers. and flycatchers Meet at Food Maxx former Food Lion parking lot on Rt 33 west at 8 15 AM. Bring a snack and water if you d like We expect to return by 1 30 There are no restroom facilities at. Switzer Please contact Greg at gwmoyers msn com or 434 3029 if you plan to attend. Hillandale Monthly Walk Monday September 23 with Tom Mizell Meet at the Children s. Playground at 8 00 AM for our first walk of Fall,TRIP REPORTS. Hillandale Park Monthly Summer Walks June through August 2019 Tom Mizell. A small gray cat with white paws walked the first loop a Pileated Woodpecker was after something on. Fletcher Bingham s vehicle we step carefully around a very small fawn and at least three species were. feeding young In that order these things and more occurred during our Hillandale Park walks of June. 12 June 21 July 12 and August 12 2019 About 30 people took part in the walks some from as far. away as California and at least 43 species allowed themselves to be seen or heard during those trips. Thanks to all of you that showed up and helped make the walks so very enjoyable Some. highlights from each walk follow, June 12 It was 52 degrees when we began We enjoyed the uplifting and energetic singing of Carolina. Wrens and Brown Thrashers We paused quietly for the chip of the Indigo Bunting distant. drumming of a woodpecker and the repetitive kowlp of the Yellow billed Cuckoo Brown Thrashers. gave a visible showing throughout the day A small gray cat with white paws joined the group at the. outset and either led or trailed for the entire loop no doubt exploring who might make an acceptable. owner It was surprising that it stayed with us so long Some conversation was directed at several. dead Ash trees along the trail sad evidence of the work of the Emerald Ash Borer Eleven birders and. 23 species including ten with perfect attendance at the end of this write up Northern Flicker Eastern. Wood Pewee and House Wren, June 21 Starting at 11 AM our wish list was unusually short with only a Pileated Woodpecker. noted We proceeded clockwise by the log cabin and finished the last minutes of spring with some of. the usual birds One highlight for many was watching a Brown Thrasher enjoy a dust bath on the trail. just beyond the concrete slab near the NW park corner For several minutes the Thrasher seemed in its. own little world oblivious to our attention The late morning walk closing out spring yielded 13. species including Red tailed Hawk Downy Woodpecker and House Finch Summer arrived at 11 54. AM as we crossed the Northwest corner pedestrian bridge We paused for a photo op for this seasonal. passage see photo in gallery We then headed toward shelter number 12 enjoying Blue Jays feeding. young A large bird was spotted on Fletcher Bingham s vehicle a Pileated Woodpecker was pecking. at something It appeared it was interested in something at the front windshield s base So our only. target bird made an unusual appearance We added 6 more species during these first summer. moments Others were Chimney Swift House Sparrow Eastern Towhee Cooper s Hawk and Great. crested Flycatcher One in the group proclaimed somewhat happily that We saw no Starlings. We had a bird contest for this time of seasonal change All were asked to bring a list of 8 birds that. they expected to see this day Fletcher Bingham and Dan Perkuchin took top honors as we saw 7 8 and. 6 8 species on their respective lists They received thundering applause and a certificate for ice cream. 12 birders 19 species, July 12 Cicadas and Carolina Wrens were calling as we gathered in the parking lot It was a pleasant.
sunny morning and the temperature was 68 degrees We were joined by Martha Clymer along with. her daughter and three grandchildren who were visiting from California The youths added an extra. dimension of viewing as they were quite adept at finding not only birds but also nests and spider. webs Blue Jays a chatty pair of White breasted Nuthatches Northern Cardinal Carolina Chickadees. and Carolina Wren were some of our first finds Once again the Brown Thrasher gave us good looks. as it looked back at us through its golden eyes Before reaching the log cabin we added American. Robins Mourning Dove Tufted Titmouse and a flyover pair of Great Blue Herons An Eastern. Towhee and Starlings at the cabin pushed our first half hour to 14 species. Along the trail bordering the golf course our California connections spotted several bird nests They. also spied spider webs glistening dramatically in the sunlight The webs were disk shaped and very. well engineered their centers resembling CDs We wondered what spiders may have made them. Indigo Bunting and Yellow billed Cuckoo along with Brown headed Cowbird Eastern Wood Pewee. American Crow Red bellied Woodpecker and Gray Catbird gave us 22 species once we reached the. Northwest Corner Pedestrian Bridge After crossing the bridge and as we walked through the walnut. trees towards the shelters Dan Perkuchin spotted something lying low and motionless in the. grass Thankfully he pointed out a very small fawn curled up and hiding We were able to carefully. walk around it thank you Dan We added Turkey Vulture Common Grackle Downy Woodpecker and. Black Vulture before finishing up around 11 AM 14 birders 27 species. August 12 It was 62 degrees and sunny as we gathered at 8 AM for a back to school walk Twelve. RBC members set out to see the following wish list birds Yellow billed Cuckoo any warbler Ruby. throated Hummingbird and Indigo Bunting My notes show we also went off the deep end and listed. Puffin and Red cockaded Woodpecker Yes these are adults that compose the wish list. The first hour was spent mostly around the cabin Blue Jays American Robins Mourning Doves. Red bellied Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers Carolina Wren Common Grackle Northern Cardinal. House Finch Carolina Chickadee and Blue gray Gnatcatcher got us off to a great start Near the cabin. we also picked up Eastern Towhee American Redstart Cedar Waxwings Gray Catbird American. Goldfinch Yellow billed Cuckoo Yellow Warbler and Ruby throated Hummingbird We were still. near the cabin at 8 50 Some suggested we have a lawn chair birding trip at the cabin SOON. By 9 AM we added Turkey Vulture and Great crested Flycatcher I must note that the Yellow billed. Cuckoo gave us quite a show and we all got really good looks at this graceful bird as it moved about. the trees feeding and occasionally swooping about in Cuckoo fashion Twenty four species by 9 AM. Northern Flicker Black Vulture Field Sparrow White breasted Nuthatch and Chimney Swift rounded. out our list to 29 species by 11 AM, I close by noting that we saw Blue Jays Red bellied Woodpeckers and Northern Cardinal s feeding. young during this walk The Jays and Woodpeckers were more visible the young Cardinal was only. detected due to its frequent chipping Its drab brown feathers blended in nicely with the cedar. branches making it a challenge to see, PS Let s Tweet Thanks to the 10 species with perfect attendance for all our June August walks. American Robin Blue Jay Carolina Wren Chimney Swift Common Grackle Eastern Towhee. Mourning Dove Northern Cardinal Red bellied Woodpecker and Turkey Vulture. Thanks again to all that joined us this summer See you in September in Hillandale Park. Union Springs Greg Moyers, A dozen members of the RBC attended the field trip to Union Springs on the evening of June 11 The. previous day s rain moved out and we had a beautiful and very comfortable evening Our first stop. was at the Union Springs dam where we found Indigo Buntings American Goldfinches Cedar. Waxwings and nesting Barn Swallows We heard a Pine Warbler and a Blue gray Gnatcatcher. nearby On the drive back to our usual spot at the shale pit we heard Ovenbirds Acadian Flycatchers. and a Wood Thrush At the shale pit we heard a Hooded Warbler as well as an unknown bird singing. a very interesting and unfamiliar medley of songs The Whip Poor Wills began calling shortly after. 8 30 We heard at least two birds at the shale pit then started back down the mountain Along the way. we heard several more Whips and got nice looks at a few birds sitting in and flying around the road. Diane Lepkowski got her red light on a bird perched above the road on an exposed branch and a few. of us got nice looks at it while it sang The final stop was at Kevin Shank s place to try for the Chuck. Will s Widow We added another Whip Poor Will but had no luck with Chuck The 15 Whip Poor. Wills we saw and heard made it one of our highest counts in recent memory. BIRD SIGHTINGS, Herb Myers reported that his son in law in Keezletown had a pair of Blue Grosbeaks on his property. Herb was able to see the male on June 3, On June 4 Herb Myers found a White eyed Vireo on the Massanutten Ridge Trail Other birds of.
note included Scarlet Tanager and Pine and Worm eating Warblers. The Dickcissels at the Woodlands Church Rd and Trissels Rd intersection near Broadway were last. reported on June 5 shortly after the fields were mowed. Greg Moyers reported a Wild Turkey with three chicks at Lake Shenandoah on June 16 Greg spotted. the group again on July 14 this time only two young birds were accounted for. Greg Moyers reported a Great Egret at Leonard s Pond on June 21. Diane Holsinger had a singing Wood Thrush in her yard in Timberville on July 4 and a yard Red. eyed Vireo on Aug 9, The Bobolinks on Goods Mill Rd remained through at least July 5 Ken Ranck saw them on May 28. Greg Moyers reported one on June 7 and Huck Hutchens saw six on July 5. Huck Hutchens reported 10 Common Mergansers on the river at Plains Mill Rd just over the. Shenandoah Co line on July 5, Greg Moyers reported a Cliff Swallow at Leonard s Pond on July 13. Greg Moyers found at least 11 Red Crossbills mostly immature birds on Hone Quarry Ridge Rd just. off Flagpole Rd on July 17 Other notable sightings in the area included Rose breasted Grosbeaks. Red breasted Nuthatch Golden crowned Kinglet Canada Warbler Common Yellowthroat and. Chestnut sided Warbler, Kevin Shank reported that he was still hearing Chuck Will s Widows at his place at Union Springs on. Diane Lepkowski and Greg Moyers reported singing Hermit Thrushes at multiple spots along. Flagpole Rd on Shenandoah Mtn on July 27 and again on Aug 3. William Leigh reported Blue Grosbeaks Solitary Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers at Leonard s. Pond on July 27, Greg Moyers reported a Great Egret along Port Republic Rd on July 29 William Leigh reported an. egret in the same area on Aug 4 Multiple Great Egrets were reported in the stream along Rt 42. south of Broadway during the first half of August, Greg Moyers found a Brown Creeper on Dunkle Hollow Rd on Aug 1 On Aug 9 Greg reported at.
least seven Common Nighthawks hunting over the fields adjacent to the Broadway Community Park. Diane Holsinger reported an Osprey at Silver Lake on Aug 13. The female Greater Scaup which was reported last winter has continued at Silver Lake through the. summer A Redhead has also been reported near Timberville through the summer. Greg Moyers reported two Semipalmated Sandpipers at Leonard s Pond on Aug 20 and a Bank. Swallow at Silver Lake on Aug 22, Diane Lepkowski reported an American Redstart in her yard near Harrisonburg on Aug 22. Greg Moyers reported a probable Olive sided Flycatcher at Switzer Dam on Aug 22. William Leigh reported a Blue winged Warbler at Switzer Dam on Aug 24. On Aug 25 this Mourning Warbler probably a first year bird visited Diane Lepkowski s yard. Mourning Warbler,Photo credit Diane Lepkowski,ANNOUNCEMENTS. Note from the Treasurer, Welcome to another year of wonderful birding programs for all our returning as well as new members. This year the Executive Committee reviewed the membership rates and decided to increase dues to 20. for individual membership and 30 for family membership We are also adding a student rate of 10. for high school and college students Membership benefits include our monthly programs newsletter. delivery the Goldfinch Gazette by email or U S mail your choice and field trip opportunities. Please pay your dues promptly Our by laws state that members who have not paid their dues by. November 1 will be dropped from the roster and will no longer receive the newsletter. The good news is that you now have another option for paying your dues The new RBC website at. rockinghambirdclub com provides a method for paying for your renewal with a credit card via. PayPal You can still pay for your membership at the club s Thursday meetings using cash or check or. mail a check made out to RBC to,Audrey Shenk RBC Treasurer. 949 Northfield Ct,Harrisonburg VA 22802,NEW RBC WEBSITE.
12 June 21 July 12 and August 12 2019 About 30 people took part in the walks some from as far away as California and at least 43 species allowed themselves to be seen or heard during those trips Thanks to all of you that showed up and helped make the walks so very enjoyable Some highlights from each walk follow

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