There will be a field trip of the Herndon Chapter, TOS (Elizabethton Bird Club) this Saturday, February 24. All interested participants should meet at the South Holston Dam, Weir Dam Parking Lot at 8 a.m. We will carpool from there to some fabulous birding spots in the area. Hike leader will be Rick Knight.
If you are interested in seeing some water birds and learning more about these local birding hotspots, this is the outing for you.
If you are interested in a full day of birding this same day, grab some lunch after the Herndon field trip, a power nap if needed, then meet again at the Weir Dam Parking lot for a walking tour of Osceola Island sponsored by Bristol Bird Club. There you may see some water birds, but also walk the trail around the island for some songbiird sightings. Lately I have observed both Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, several varieties of woodpeckers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and more. This outing will be led by Tom McNeil at 3:30 p.m. Then at 5:30 p.m. Bristol Birds will also be hosting an outing in anticipation of watching Woodcock perform their "sky dance" in the wooded areas across from the Weir Dam Parking lot.
Hope to see you there for a fun-filled day of birding!!!
The Herndon Chapter will have a meeting Tuesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. at Northeast State Community College in Elizabethton (386 Highway 91N) in Room E103.
We will discuss upcoming field trips, January trip reports, and there will be a presentation of the yearly Howard Langridge awards. The program will be "Wisconsin Birding - "Improvement Efforts" - Terrell's Island" by Roy Knispel. Hope everyone will be there to enjoy the program!
Some club members will meet for dinner at Big Dan's BBQ (formerly Creeker's) at 5:30 pm. It is also located on Highway 91N.
Thanks all and hope to see you there. Happy Birding!
Trumpeter Swan was found in a pond (flooded farm field) at Hansonville, VA. in Russell County at 3:45. The pond is off to the right side of the road (rt. 19) near a weigh station. Ring-billed Gulls (82) and Mallards (6) were keeping it company. ...
Congrats to our 2017 Checklist-a-day Challenge winners: Kelly Krechmer, Fred MacKenzie, and Linda Rudolph. They were randomly chosen from the 2885 eBirders who entered more than 365 eligible checklists in 2017.
Submit 365 eligible checklist in 2018 (an average of one per day) for your own chance at free ZEISS Birding binoculars!
This morning Charlie Stephenson provided me with the opportunity to photograph the most captivating cardinal in Alabaster, Alabama. This yellow cardinal displays a rare mutation that causes the metabolic process to produce a different type of pigment than the typical red coloration. According to a biologist from Auburn University, this mutation is so rare that only one is seen each year in the United States. To see updates on this cardinal please check out: Jeremy Black Photography.
Tonight’s program by Rick Blanton at the Bristol Public Library was an informative presentation of “Birding Festivals of the Eastern United States.” Rick narrowed down just a few of the fabulous Birding Festivals that would be worth attending just during the months of April and May! Besides a few life birds you may encounter, Rick pointed out the additional benefits of merchandising opportunities, hearing keynote speakers, and the additional opportunities to meet World Class Birders such as Jeffrey Gordon, Greg Miller, Noah Strycker, Kenn Kauffman, and many others. There are some amazing journeys out there, folks. As my dear friend Wallace Coffey used to say, “Let’s go birding.” ...
February 20, 2018, 7:30pm - February 20, 2018, 8:00pm
February Bristol Bird Club Meeting
February 20, 7:30 PM ET
Bristol Public Library
701 Goode Street
Bristol, VA 24201
Please be aware that the February Bristol Bird Club meeting is just two days away and will be held at 7:30 PM on Tuesday. We will be meeting in the main conference room to your left if you park at the back of the library. Some of the business items on the agenda include the following.
- Possible club rebranding (new name)
- Adjustment to fees for various classifications (especially students)
- Officer search for 2018-2019 term
In addition to our business agenda, this month's program will be one I will personally be giving about birding festivals of the eastern U.S. I will touch on what festivals to expect for the rest of the year, unique birds that are possible at each and the benefits of attending a festival among other things.
Please note that this will be our final meeting at 7:30 before moving to an earlier 7:00 PM starting time in March. We hope to see you there regardless of whether you are a member or visitor just dropping in for some fellowship with other nature enthusiasts.