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FBC Blandy Experimental Farm – Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Our first club outing for 2020 is Saturday, January 11th to Blandy Experimental Farm, with an opportunity to look for Red-headed Woodpeckers at Sky Meadows State Park and Short-eared Owl’s at dusk.

It’s about a 1.5 hour drive from Fredericksburg to Blandy, so we’ll plan to car pool and depart from the route 17 commuter lot at 7:30am. For those wishing to drive direct, meet us in the Blandy parking lot at 9:00am.  Please let me know via my personal email ahead of time, if you plan to participate and, if you wish to car pool. I will need to let the restaurant know how many will be coming.

After birding Blandy, we will have lunch at the Lone Oak Tavern, in nearby Boyce.  Depending on time, we will then stop in at Sky Meadows State Park and look for Red-headed Woodpeckers before driving the short distance to Stone Bridge and wait for dusk in the hopes of seeing Short-eared Owls.

Admission to Blandy is free, however donations to the Foundation of the State Arboretum are always welcome.  There is a $5 entrance fee for Sky Meadows State Park.

FBC Clifton Institute Bird Walk – November 2, 2019

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Dear FBC Members,

Bert Harris, Executive Director of the Clifton Institute, will lead us on a late Fall bird walk at the Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA 20187 starting at 8 AM on November 2nd, 2019.

The Clifton Institute, is an environmental education organization located just north of Warrenton. We will explore shrublands, grasslands, forest edge, and lakes. The bird list for the institute stands at 189 species owing to the diversity of habitats present on the 900-acre property.   In early November we can expect good numbers of sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl. 

Check out these eBird hotspots for more information:

You can read about the Clifton Institute and Bert Harris here: Facebook Instagram | iNaturalist project
Donate here to support our education, restoration, and research activities!
The Clifton Institute, Inc.

Hope to see you on the 2nd.


FBC Outing to Blandy/Sky Meadows and Stone Bridge

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Dear FBC Members,

Our first club outing for 2019 is next Sunday, January 13 to Blandy Experimental Farm, Sky Meadows State Park, and Stone Bridge to look for Short-eared Owls at dusk.
It’s about a 1.5 hour drive from Fredericksburg to Blandy – for those who would like to car pool we’ll depart from the Route 17 commuter lot at 7:30am, for those who wish to drive direct we’ll meet at Blandy at 9:00am.  Please let me know if you would like to car pool and we’ll try to make sure everyone has a ride.
After birding Blandy, we will have lunch at the Lone Oak Tavern, in nearby Boyce.  I currently have 18 signed up for the day and 17 for lunch.  If you change your mind on lunch please let me know so I can change the reservation.
After lunch we’ll stop in at Sky Meadows before driving the short distance to Stone Bridge where we hope to see Short-eared Owls at dusk.  Those who went with us last year will no doubt remember the spectacular show 5 Short-eared Owls put on for us, perched up close on the fence and flying over the fields, against an incredible sunset.  The warm day, and evening, was an added bonus!
Admission to Blandy is free, however donations to the Foundation of the State Arboretum are always welcome.  There is a $5 entrance fee for Sky Meadows SP.  My cell phone is 540 220-7645.  (Sky Meadows SP)

September 2018 Field Trip Announcement

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Our next club outing will be to Leesylvania State Park Saturday, September 15, 2018, led by Candice Lowther. Located about 25 miles north of Fredericksburg, on the shores of the Potomac River, this park is a great place to see fall migrants. The park address is 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr,. Woodbridge, VA 22191 and there is a $5 per car entrance fee if you don’t have a state park permit. We will meet at 7:00am in the parking lot on the right hand side immediately after passing through the entrance booth. Btw, Candice and I found a Lark Sparrow at the Leesylvania visitor center parking lot yesterday. This is a rarity for the East Coast, so who knows what we might find on the 15th!

VBBA Region 5 Field Days (and a helpful tip)

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

For those of you who are volunteering with the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, here are some upcoming field days with Ellison Orcutt, Region 5 Coordinator.  This is a chance to get some hands on experience in the field interpreting breeding behavior and the correct code to use.  If you plan on attending one of these field days, give Ellison ( a heads up by sending him an email.

Hello atlasers,  

 I hope everyone is having a great spring birding and atlasing season.  Many species are well into their breeding efforts and new migrant breeders are arriving every day. Id like to share some news about upcoming field days, but first an atlas tip!


Hopefully you’ve seen that the eBird atlas portal ( has some interesting and helpful articles that are added regularly but it also has some very helpful data summary tools that you may not have explored.  From the “explore data” tab you can “Explore a Region”.  Search for (and select) your block by its specific name (eg Richmond SE).  An overview page for that block will pop up with all the data for the block.  A sortable list of all the species reported along with their highest level of breeding evidence is listed.  You may have your own list for this but the sorting tools are really helpful.  ALSO, you may not be aware of other birders that have happened to contribute breeding data in your area.  Even though you didn’t collect the data it still counts and could make things a little easier for you.  Reminder: Though confirming a species at multiple locations within your block will happen from time to time, do not go out of your way to do it.  Once you check a species as “confirmed” in a block you don’t need to exert any extra effort to find it again. Shew!

 FIELD DAYS (Details Attached)

I have planned three field days this spring.  They will be opportunities to meet each other (and me!) and share/learn skills and techniques related to the Atlas. And really, who doesn’t like a bird walk?!  I spread them across the region and spring season with the hope that many of you will be able to attend. Please share this with others whom are interested in the atlas.  We still need to recruit more atlasers in the region. I have attached the details of the three field day dates but below are the basics.

 May 28th, Sunday ( 2 parts)

  • Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve (Lancaster) – 8am
  • Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve (Mathews) – 230pm

June 3rd, Saturday 

  • Rappahannock River Valley NWR – Hutchinson Tract (Essex)- 730am 

June 17th , Saturday

  • Ni River Trail – (Spotsylvania) – 730am

Backyard Nature Photography Presentation

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Dear FBC Members,

Looking for a fun evening out?  Check out this invitation from Penny Parrish, with the Fredericksburg Photography Club. Unfortunately I will be out of town, but I hope some club members will attend, and I look forward to hearing all about it.

The Fredericksburg Photography Club is sponsoring a FREE presentation on “Backyard Nature Photography” on March 14 from 7-9 pm at the Dorothy Hart Center (408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg).

All area photographers, amateur or pro, birders, and anyone who loves nature are invited.  The guest speaker is the renowned Richmond-area bird and nature photographer Bob Schamerhorn.  Please check out his website at and the attached PDF flyer.

One final note:  Bob Schamerhorn will be featured in the March issue of Front Porch magazine.


Backyard Nature Photography flyer


Sally Knight

Fredericksburg Birding Club

2017 FBC Outing Schedule

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Jan 14 – George Washington Birthplace, Pope’s Creek, Northern Neck

Feb 3-5 – Blackwater  NWR – Bev and Jim Arnold Trip Leaders

March 11 – Occoquan Bay NWR

April 29 – Fredericksburg Canal Path

May 13 – SNP – South River Falls Trail OR Limberlost Trail

June 10 – G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area

July 8 – Summer Social

Aug 19 – TBD

Sept 23 – Leesylvania State Park

Oct 7 or 8 – The Big Sit – Aquia Landing Park

Nov 7 -14 – California – Mike Lott Trip Leader

Dec 10 – Holiday Potluck and Planning Meeting

The Big Sit!

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

This year, for the first time, the Fredericksburg Birding Club will take part in an exciting birding community event called The Big Sit! The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. The object is to record as many species of birds as possible, in one 24 hour period, from one 17-foot diameter circle.

Our team name is the Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers and we’ve chosen Aquia Landing Park as our circle location.  In addition to good habitat, the park also offers picnic shelters, one of which we’ve reserved, and restrooms. We plan to have a grill going and pot luck – so bring a dish to share, beverage, and chair.

For more information on this event please go to and click on the video.

You can check out the rules here

And Top Ten Reasons for taking part here

I particularly like reason number three:

3. It’s an excuse to host a party.
The Big Sit! has been called a tailgate party for bird watchers. Gathering your closest bird-watching friends together for an all-day (and possibly all-night) bird-a-thon is the perfect excuse to share good stories, cold beverages, and great meals. Unlike other tailgate parties, elaborate body paint is not expected.

Our events are open to both members and non-members alike, so bring a friend or family member to join in the fun. We especially welcome all children interested in learning about our feathered friends. Stop by for one hour, or all day, to help our team – the Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers – tally the birds!

FBC Outing to Huntley Meadows & Dyke Marsh – Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Dear FBC Members,

The September outing of the Fredericksburg Bird Club will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 when we will visit Huntley Meadows Park and Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, VA.  This outing will be led by club member Bev Arnold and we will meet in the Huntley Meadows main entrance parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

Huntley Meadows should produce migrating warblers and waterfowl.  If you’ve never been, you don’t want to miss it.  It is a beautiful park with a mix of deciduous forest and marsh and sports a terrific boardwalk and observation tower overlooking the marsh.  We will continue from there to Dyke Marsh which has a nice walking trail and lots of opportunities for waterfowl on the Potomac River.  Bring scopes if you have them!  You should plan to bring snacks or a picnic lunch, our birding at Dyke Marsh may take us past the noon hour.  There are picnic tables at Dyke Marsh if we decide to take a lunch break.  We will leave Dyke Marsh no later than 2:00 p.m. to avoid the southbound Sunday traffic on I-95!

For GPS directions to Huntley Meadows main entrance parking lot use the street address – 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306.  Its at the corner of  Lockheed Blvd and Harrison Road.  Search Huntley Meadows Park for more information.

For those of you who may wish to carpool, you can meet at the Stafford commuter lot on Route 630 Courthouse Road, exit 140 off I-95, at 7:00am.  Please email me – Sally Knight – if you would like to carpool.  (Carpooling is strongly suggested as the available parking at Dyke Marsh can be slim if it is a nice day.)   Hope to see you there!


Sally Knight

Fredericksburg Birding Club

Beginner Bird Banding Course

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

September 11 – 17, 2016

Environmental Studies on the Piedmont

Warrenton, Virginia


Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, in cooperation with the Institute for Bird Populations, is pleased to offer a Beginner Bird Banding Course suitable for professional biologists, amateur naturalists and students (minimum age 18) interested in learning the skills necessary to participate in passerine bird banding projects. The week-long, intensive, residential course will be taught by Dr. Tom Wood and Beverly Arnold and will include mornings spent in the field learning mist net and banding protocols including: bird handling and banding, identification, aging and sexing. Afternoons will include classroom discussion on various aspects of bird banding including: avian life histories, banding ethics and permitting. The course is limited to eight participants. Cost is $1000 including materials, shared lodging on-site in a historic farmhouse and meals. Participants may provide their own lodging and reduce the cost of the course by $120. For more information and registration forms, please visit