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Enjoy the pictures of recent events and local birds.

JUNE 6, 2015 - Annual Picnic, Newport News Park

The 2015 year 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.

VSO Outer Banks Field Trip - February 6-8, 2015

At least 14 members of the Hampton Roads Bird Club participated in the VSO's trip to the Outer Banks. Dot Silsby took lots of photos of club members and other birders. Pictured below is Dot with Jerry Via, one of the weekend's trip leaders. View Dot's album.


Bald Eagle Released at Kiptopeke State Park - 9/12/14

On September 12, 2014, over 200 bird enthusiasts - including more than a dozen from HRBC - gathered at Kiptopeke State Park to witness the release of two juveile Bald Eagles by the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Dot Silsby took 125 photos of birds and birders alike, including the close-up below. View the entire album.

Fun Times at 2014 HRBC Annual Picnic!

On June 14, 2014, 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 - 1/8/14

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 11/17/13

On 9 November, 2013, 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 - 4/15/13

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 - 4/6/13

The Virginia Living Museum held a Family Fun for the Birds Day at their facility on April 6, 2013. 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



2012 Go Green Expo

On 22 September, 2012, several club members participated in the 2012 Go Green Expo.  The Expo has grown significantly over the years, and our professionally engineered exhibit drew a good number of visitors.  Our club had the opportunity to inform attendees about our field trips, Sunday morning walks, conservation activities, and about the fun we have getting together and sharing birding adventures. 

Special thanks to Jane Frigo and Hilary Propst for sharing their birding enthusiasm with the many visitors.


VSO Field Trip to Outer Banks - February 3-5, 2012

Many HRBC members attended the VSO annual field trip to the Outer Banks. Club member Dot Silsby took this photo of Mary Copeland, Hayes Williams and Nancy Gruttman-Tyler.

See more photos from Dot Silsby HERE. Thanks, Dot!


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