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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!

NEW! 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!


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Club member Stuart Sweetman took this photo of a Barred Owl on the October 19, 2014, Sunday walk at Newport News Park. Read the reports for these walks!

Upcoming HRBC activities

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


Thursday, NOVEMBER 13 - 6:30 PM Social, 7:00 PM Meeting

Program - "Project Wood Thrush" by Mary Elfner - Get details.


Saturday, NOVEMBER 15 - Grand View Nature Preserve - 8:00 AM - Get details.


Thursday, December 11, 2014 - HRBC Holiday Party - 6:30 PM

Our annual Holiday party will be held at Sandy Bottom Park. Members are asked to bring appetizers, vegetable dishes, and desserts. Volunteers will be needed to help with set up and clean up, and to cook the ham and turkey. Watch for the sign up sheet at the November meeting, or contact Virginia Boyles at v.b.boyles@verizon.net (757-867-8857). It's been a good year with lots to celebrate!

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Nancy Grutman-Tyler coordinates the Newport News sector of the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Your eyes and ears are needed, and you don't have to be an experienced birder to participate! The area is divided into 13 sectors, with an experienced leader for each. Most sectors count from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Sign up at the November meeting or contact Nancy (850-3861 or gruttmantyler@gmail.com) to see which sectors need coverage.

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!

Fun Times at HRBC Annual Picnic!

On June 14, more than 30 members turned out for our annual picnic, held this year at Newport News Park. Several people joined Lee and Meredith Bell at 8:00am for a walk in the park. John Adair and Bill Boeh handled the grill, while Donna Buchanan, Marilyn Adair and Brenda Gervais helped with getting the picnic area set up, with lots of hands contributing for clean-up. Special thanks to Virginia Boyles for organizing this event!

Several people contributed photos, including George and Virginia Boyles, Bill Boeh, Tom Charlock and Dot Silsby. You can view the Flickr album to see them!

Hayes Williams and Dot Silsby welcome new arrivals to the picnic.

Latest Project for HRBC: Installation of 2 Osprey Nest Boxes at Sandy Bottom

There are now 2 new spots for nesting Ospreys to select from when they return to our area in March, thanks to the team effort by the Hampton Roads Bird Club, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, and the Dominion Virginia Power.

Thanks to Dave Youker for making the initial arrangements and to John Adair and Virginia and George Boyles for working so hard on January 8 when the installation took place. The 3 of them captured the entire process in photos and you can view the pictures here.

Below is a photo of the final installation of Box 2.


Western Shore Marshes IBA: Grandview Beach

On 9 November, 17 people traveled to Grandview Beach to conduct a survey and clean-up of this southern most end of our Western Shore Marshes Important Bird Area. The group consisted of members from our club, Williamsburg Bird Club, master naturalists, and volunteers through the Hampton Clean City Commission which consisted mainly of Bay Days volunteers. The weather conditions were outstanding, and we tallied 40 different species for the day. After surveying for 2 hours, we began our litter removal and collected numerous bags of litter from the beach. At the end of the event, Will Moore from Bay Days provided coffee and donuts which was much appreciated by all.

Pictured below, Front row (left to right): Shirley Devan, Carla Weimer, Allison Weimer, Virginia Boyles, Jane Frigo. Second row: Joanne Ross, Bill Boeh, Anne Boeh, Cheryl Jacobson, Les Lawrence, Dave Youker. Photo taken by Tom Charlock.


Matteson Trail Clean-up

On April 15, 2013, several club members arrived at the beginning of the Matteson Trail for a clean-up event. We were met by long-time club member Tess Matteson for whom the trail is named. Under Tess’ guidance, we removed shrubs, weeds and small trees. We restored the area to its original, uncluttered condition, and the trailhead is once again an attractive entrance to the trail. This trail is a 3-mile loop around The Hamptons Golf course and is home to a nice variety of birds. The trailhead has a kiosk that depicts resident birds found on the trail and has a reference to the Hampton Roads Bird Club. Members present for the clean-up were Tess Matteson, Phyllis Roth, John Adair, and Dave Youker.

Pictured below, left to right: Phyllis Roth, Tess Matteson and John Adair.


Family Fun for the Birds Day at VLM

The Virginia Living Museum held a Family Fun for the Birds Day at their facility on April 6. Our club set up our display and provided information to the families in attendance. As always, these events are enjoyable and much appreciated by the hosts. Many families stopped to admire the professional display which was loaned by members Tom and Gail Claydon. Many thanks to the following club members who came out to work the display and talk to families: Jane Frigo, Phyllis Roth, Hilary Propst, and Dave Youker.

Pictured below: Jane Frigo talks with a mother and daughter.


Visitors to our Deer Run Bluebird Trail

Two members of the Cape Henry Audubon Society were taken on a tour of the Hampton Roads Bird Club bluebird trail at the Deer Run golf course. The Cape Henry members have been working with Dot Silsby to establish a small trail around an Ocean View golf course. Before expanding their trail, the members wanted to see how a larger trail is operated and maintained. The Cape Henry members were treated to a wonderful day of observing not only the bluebirds but also the many other species of birds and wildlife around the course. The two members left with all the information necessary to expand their existing trail.

Pictured below: Dot Silsby (center) with Cape Henry friends


Upcoming VSO Events - Get details HERE.

December 5-7 , 2014 - Virginia Beach

February 6-8, 2015 - Outer Banks, NC

Other news from the VSO: 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