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Hampton Roads Bird Club


Welcome to the Hampton Roads Bird Club website!

If you're interested in learning more about birding in the Hampton Roads area, you've come to the right place! This website introduces you to the Club and provides information about birding in our area.

Whether you're an experienced birder or just enjoy watching the birds in your own backyard, we'd love to have you join the Hampton Road Bird Club!

Our monthly meetings and field trips provide wonderful learning opportunities and a chance to get to know some really great people!

The Hampton Roads Bird Club is now on Facebook!

LIKE our page, then check it often for updates. You can also share your photos there!

Have you found an injured bird? Now it's easy to find a Bird Rehabilitator. Check out the BIRD REHABILITATORS in our area!


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Read past issues.


Club member Bill Boeh took this photo of a Common Loon at Gloucester Point on the HRBC field trip November 14, 2015.

Upcoming HRBC activities

Check our CALENDAR for another way to view upcoming events for HRBC and VSO.


Thursday, FEBRUARY 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM - Program: "Love Is in the Air: The Reproductive Biology of Birds" by Shawn Dash - Get details.


Saturday, FEBRUARY 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM - Chesapaeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Islands and Middle Eastern Shore of Virginia IMPORTANT!! Due to filling the first 15 slots so quickly, the number of spots available has been increased to 30. Please help spread the word to members and non-members alike so we fill this second group!

NOTE! Original date for this trip was February 13. If you signed up and are unable to attend the new date, please contact Stuart Sweetman at 757-660-6590 or 757-595-1677.

Sunday Walks in Newport News Park, 7:00 AM, 1st & 3rd Sunday every month, in the parking lot behind the Ranger Station. READ REPORTS from past Sunday Walks!

JUNE 6, 2015 - Annual Picnic, Newport News Park

This year's picnic was a huge success, with an enthusiastic group of 44 participants. Meredith Bell led a walk with 16 early morning risers, and they tallied 58 species for the morning.

Virginia Boyles did an excellent job organizing her band of helpers for set-up and cooking at shelter #4, next to the water. Everyone enjoyed burgers, hot dogs and a wide variety of side dishes and desserts. Officers were installed for the coming year, and a grand time was had by all!

Check out the album of photos Virginia put together to help us savor the memories.

Virginia Birding Community Loses a Special Member: RUTH BECK

We are sad to report that Ruth Beck died on Thursday, May 7. A retired Biology professor at William & Mary, Ruth was a well-respected ornithologist who served the VSO in many roles over the years, including President. She worked tirelessly for decades on behalf of birds in our area, including 30 years tracking birds at Craney Island.

Every year, Ruth could be counted on to help lead VSO field trips to Craney Island and Chincoteague. The photo below shows her enjoying the Saturday boat trip at Chincotague in 2014, which she led and received rave reviews for.

We will miss her positive spirit and her love for birds and people.

HRBC Field Trip to Craney Island

On March 21, 2015, Stuart Sweetman led this group of enthusiastic birders on a field trip to Craney Island. Read the full report!

Upcoming VSO Events - Get details HERE.

September 11-13 , 2015 - Chincoteague

December 4-6, 2015 - Virginia Beach

February 5-7, 2016 - Outer Banks

The Virginia Society of Ornithology's (VSO) Principles of Birding Ethics were adopted at the November 1, 2008 Board of Directors meeting. You can read the two-page Code of Birding Ethics HERE.

Creating a Backyard Habitat - Resources from Steve Living

Steve Living, our guest speaker in April 2010, gave a great presentation onf creating a habitat for wildlife in your yard. Here are the four resources he sent. All are PDF files you can download and print:

"Habitat at Home" (8-page booklet)

Native Perennials and Annuals

Native Trees and Shrubs

Native Plant Online Resources