2020 Calendar of Events

January 6th, 2020

January 11                    Blandy Experimental Farm and Short-eared Owls

January 24-26            Outerbanks & Mattamuskeet NWR, NC Weekend

February 22                Neabsco Boardwalk and Julie Metz Wildlife Trail

March 14                     Occoquan NWR

March 28                    Point Lookout State Park, MD

April 19                       GW Thompson WMA

April  TBD                  Crow’s Nest led by Mike Lott

May 1-3                       Cape May, NJ Weekend

May 23                        Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

June 13                       Rappahannock River Valley NWR

June 27                       Local Birding (Canal Path or Lake Mooney)

July 18                        Summer Social

August 28-30            Bombay Hook and Prime Hook NWR, Delaware Weekend

September 19            Leesylvania State Park

October 10 or 11        The Big Sit

November 14              The Clifton Institute

December 6                Holiday Pot Luck Meeting

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

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 sally.knigh60@gmail.com 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

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:

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Donate here to support our education, restoration, and research activities!
The Clifton Institute, Inc.

Hope to see you on the 2nd.


FBC Trip to Magee Marsh – May 11-15, 2019

January 15th, 2019

Dear FBC Members,

Although it is only January, it is not too early to make hotel reservations for the FBC trip to Magee Marsh.  

Hotels in Oregon OH are as close as one can be to Magee Marsh (short of being at Maumee SP Lodge and Resort).  Six members have made reservations at Comfort Inn East, 2930 Navarre Avenue, Oregon OH, check in on Saturday, May 11, check out on Wednesday, May 15. Cancel policy is 4pm the day of check in, so for any change in plans there will be no problem with a cancel.  This hotel has an early and a good breakfast; they are used to birders. Some of our members regularly stay at at this hotel when in the area.  

The primary sites to be visited will be:

Magee Marsh including the Boardwalk (more than once), east beach, west beach.   Black Swamp Bird Observatory.    Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge including, hopefully the Blue Goose van trip to Cedar Creek NWR (restricted) and elsewhere, the driving tour on the refuge, trail behind Visitor Center.  Crane Creek Estuary.   Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area.  Maumee Bay State Park including the Boardwalk.  These are all within the 20-mile stretch of highway between Oregon and Magee Marsh.  

A must during the trip will be a meal/desert at Blackberry Corners, 5975 N. Elliston Trowbridge Road, Martin, OH.  Again, within the 20-mile stretch, but a bit out of the way.  

Other possible birding venues could be Catawba/Marblehead area near Sandusky or the nearest of the Toledo Metroparks. Each of these venues are a good hour away from Oregon.

Transportation can be:  Drive in one day (480 from Fredericksburg to Magee Marsh, another 20 to Oregon), drive in two-days, fly to nearby Toledo.    

If you’re interested please respond to Joyce Bathke jmbathke@cox.net and myself at sally.knight60@gmail.com.

Sally Knight

Fredericksburg Birding Club

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FBC Outing to Blandy/Sky Meadows and Stone Bridge

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.
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov  (Sky Meadows SP)

January 2019 Outings

January 1st, 2019

Dear FBC Members,

We have 2 outings coming up in January, 2019.  The first is Sunday, January 13 to Blandy Experimental Farm, Sky Meadows, and ending up at Stone Bridge to watch the Short-eared Owls at dusk.  Last year we included lunch at the Lone Oak Tavern – please let me know if you plan to attend and if your preference is to stop for lunch at the tavern.

The second is an overnight to Virginia Beach the weekend of January 26-27 details of which are still being put together and will include a stop at Island 4 of the CBBT Sunday at 8:00am.  I have the date and time reserved for a police escort but we need to have a list of those who want to participate and a competed, signed form (attached) scanned in and sent to me asap.  There is a limit of 15 participants for one police escort.  We’re looking into accommodation which looks reasonable and we can car pool across the CBBT to minimize the bridge toll.  A recent list of species seen at Island 4 on December 26 included Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, Razorbill, Purple Sandpiper, Snow Bunting, Harbor Seal, Humpback Whale, and possible Thayer’s Gull.  Pretty exciting!

Please respond to my personal email listed above – sally.knight60@gmail.com.

Happy New Year,


2018 Big Sit – October 13 at Aquia Landing Park

September 3rd, 2018
Please mark your calendars for The Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers Third Annual, Aquia Landing State Park, Big Sit! on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  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.  Mike and Joyce Bathke have kindly agreed to cook camp breakfast again, so plan to come on out for a 2 hour shift, or stay all day, and help us make our third Big Sit a big success. More details to follow.

September 2018 Field Trip Announcement

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!

Highland County Weekend Getaway, June 1-3, 2018

August 5th, 2018

It was a dark and rainy weekend. Five club members embarked on the long planned outing to Highland County hoping to find Golden-winged Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Alder Flycatcher. Armed with raingear, food, maps, binoculars, and cameras, we rendezvoused Friday afternoon at Doe Hill Escape, a pleasant and well equipped house on a working farm. It served as our base for the weekend’s birding. Birds were plentiful and success was had in locating the three target species. Participants included Scott Byrd, Brenda Chase, Jim Goehring, Sally Knight, and Mike Lott.

Click on the following link to read about their wet, but fruitful weekend in the mountains of western Virginia.

Highland County Weekend Getaway, June 1-3, 2018

Shenandoah NP – Limberlost Trail Outing May 12, 2018

August 5th, 2018

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 three “intrepid” members (Bev and Jim Arnold and Brenton Mundt) of the Fredericksburg Bird Club met at 7:30 a.m. at the Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah National Park. The weather was cool (71 degrees compared to the 91 degrees at home) and the trees were barely leafed out.

Click on the following link to read about their birding adventure in one of Virginia’s best locations to bird.

Shenandoah NP – Limberlost Trail Outing May 12, 2018