Virginia VMA – February 16-18, 2023
MAY 11, 2023
The Virginia VMA held its Virginia Veterinary Conference from February 16-18 in Roanoke. The association presented awards and seated new officials.
OCTOBER 30, 2012
It’s southernmost third, given to Virginia by accident of history rather than geopolitical intention, lies apart from the rest of the state both culturally and geographically. This was only the 6th ‘Audubon’s’ Yellow-rumped ever recorded for Virginia.
MARCH 6, 2010
Why would this West Virginia University project be the recipient of federal stimulus money? From West Virginia Metro News. Tags: west virginia university animal research Obama tax dollars us. It is the largest grant thus far under the stimulus package. It will house rodents for use in experiments. Because it will create JOBS!
AUGUST 16, 2008
Attorney Julia Dudley said Blevins had bought animals for several years from trappers in different states and brought them to Virginia to sell to the owners of "fox pens." He was caught after a yearlong investigation by Virginia game officials that included the undercover purchases of 54 red foxes and 47 coyotes from Blevins.
JULY 18, 2021
I found myself fully immersed in marine species while boating, fishing, and birding coastal Virginia with family this weekend. The best of a bunch of birds I see all too rarely was, quite fittingly, Virginia Rail showing well in a saltmarsh.
DECEMBER 14, 2021
There are several states with 100-199 species: North Carolina (172, unchanged), Washington (171, up from 144), Michigan (159, unchanged), Virginia (147, up from 122), North Dakota (141, unchanged), Idaho (129, up from 57); New Mexico (112, unchanged); Massachusetts (110, up from 81); Colorado (106, unchanged), and Pennsylvania (109, up from 102).
MAY 20, 2023
Here is a list of 20 popular birding locations in the United States, known for their rich diversity of bird species and habitats: Magee Marsh Wildlife Area – Ohio Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – New Mexico Point Reyes National Seashore – California Cape May – New Jersey Everglades National Park – Florida High (..)
JULY 4, 2021
But a small colony of them have made an exception for Elton Reed, who has fished off Chincoteague Island, Virginia for almost five decades. He found it in Gay Frazee , a skilled wildlife rehabber who runs Wildlife ER on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Over time, he learned to recognize individuals.
JUNE 13, 2021
I was especially pleased that a Virginia Rail (pictured above) was hanging out by a puddle right at the edge of the road when I arrived. I spent the weekend visiting my folks in the Hudson Valley and visited one of my favorite June birding spots, the Great Vly, on the border of Greene and Ulster Counties.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
On Friday morning he unsuccessfully chased a LeConte’s Sparrow and a Connecticut Warbler in Queens but had his second ever encounter with Virginia Rail in Queens as well as a Yellow-breasted Chat. Corey had a few really good birds this weekend.
JULY 25, 2021
A Barred Owl called from the woods near his aunt and uncle’s house, Corey spotted several Virginia Rails in a wetland, and he saw hordes of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming to feeders.
OCTOBER 27, 2018
North Bend State Park, West Virginia. Strong populations of birds reside in the hardwood forests and dense understories in this north-eastern location of West Virginia. Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia. Known as a warbler haven, 30+ species visit this bi-state park near the Kentucky and Virginia southern border.
MARCH 27, 2021
During migration, they occur in more places, I bet that golden-hooded bird with a rainforest mixed flock was on its way to Virginia or Alabama or wooded swamp in some other part of its ancient range that used to bear witness to the double knocks of Ivory-billeds. Typically, in Costa Rica, this swamp beauty is a bird of wetlands and mangroves.
NOVEMBER 29, 2008
Overlooked this one. Another nasty farm animal abuse story. Whatever you think about PETA, I admire them for exposing this crap. It's even got Chuck Jolley from the Cattle Network riled up. Bottom line: If you’re running a business where you allow the kinds of shortcuts that let animal abuse happen, please sell it and leave the industry now.
JANUARY 5, 2022
Virginia Warbler: The Virginia Warbler is a common species in the thorn forest of the Balsas River Basin, so I had seen it often. My Mexican birder friends reported the same over most of the country. I already used this photo, from the area of our church, in a post last spring. I don’t care.
JUNE 23, 2019
He had a suspicion that it might be a Virginia Rail though it wasn’t a noise he was used to hearing from Virginia Rails. To confirm the identity, he played a quick snippet of Virginia Rail tape – literally less than five seconds – and, well, as you can see from the photo above the bird responded!
JUNE 27, 2017
One particular resting place brought me to familiar birding territory: Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach. When I was first learning to bird in the summer of 2013, I spent a summer living with my fiance in Virginia Beach. During my three days in Virginia Beach, I knew I had to walk that path again.
JULY 6, 2020
And in April, he sees the return of the many species he has seen in that month in years past – but, also, weirdly, a Virginia Rail, a reclusive marsh bird, flopping around the sidewalk in downtown D.C. (the
JULY 17, 2014
Keep your eyes to the skies for brilliant sunrises, like the one my buddy Beau Walsburger snapped in Virginia Beach this morning. I’ll be finishing up my Virginia Beach vacation and admiring birds on the Chesapeake Bridge Bay Tunnel on the way back to Rochester this weekend.
JULY 21, 2019
Despite getting good looks at Virginia Rail , lots of Eastern Kingbirds , and a host of other birds he decided to stick by his old standby as his Best Bird of the Weekend, a Green Heron. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend?
DECEMBER 20, 2019
On one hand, it’s already the official state bird of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the home state of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, just as it is for half a dozen other states, making it the most popular selection nationwide. Heir apparent to what exactly?
APRIL 28, 2015
In addition to North Carolina, six other states have named the cardinal their state bird, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. I’m not the only one who appreciates the Northern Cardinal. ” That same sentiment is probably true for us all!
MARCH 24, 2021
Which may be why the photo here shows two Clay-colored Sparrows , one Yellow-rumped Warbler , and one lovely Virginia’s Warbler , all hiding among many vicious huizache thorns. We humans need protection from thorns, while for birds, thorns often provide protection.
MAY 17, 2020
Photographers: Wil Hershberger (American woodcock, Eastern whip-poor-will); Marie Read (Virginia rail, Northern flicker); Robert Royse (Canyon wren, Wilson’s snipe). Illustrations in this review are taken from Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist. Drawing of the avian syrinx by Amanda Morgan Riley. __.
JULY 23, 2011
Out on the Big Meadow in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, the ranger (that is Virginia the state, not Virginia the ranger) drew our attention to an unmistakeable bird call. This section, in Virginia, is known as the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am sure we all know the song! ps There’s bears!
MAY 10, 2022
Birdability was founded by Virginia Rose and she is thePresident. As I recently wrote , after hearing an interview with Virginia and Freya, I realized that I knew little about the accessibility of my regular birding locations. Freya McGregor is the Director of Programs and Outreach.
MARCH 2, 2022
There seem to be only one each of the Virginia’s and Black-throated Gray Warbler , which would seem sad if I didn’t love solitude so much myself. I have managed to see 4 Warbling Vireos at the same time, 3 Nashville Warblers , 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers , and 2 Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers.
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Virginia (122), New Mexico (112); Texas (106); Colorado (106), and Pennsylvania (102). Some states have no species at all, not even a pigeon, crow, or sparrow: Hawaii , Utah , Nebraska , Oklahoma , Minnesota , Iowa , Wisconsin , Kentucky , West Virginia , Mississippi , Alabama , Connecticut , and Rhode Island.
NOVEMBER 10, 2012
You can imagine my excitement when Eric Miller, a fellow Queens birder, found a Virginia Warbler in Alley Pond Park in, yes, you guessed it, Queens, on 31 October, two days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall. That’s right, I was out looking for the Virginia’s Warbler with a whole big bunch of other birders.
MAY 24, 2019
Corey is taking his act down to Virginia Beach, which is a mighty birding destination in itself. I have to work this weekend, but you’ll still find me catching the last of this season’s raptor migration and any songbirds I can find. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding?
JULY 14, 2021
Yes, Virginia, those Elegant Euphonia colors are real. For the taxonomy fans out there, the American Ornithological Society just announce that this species should be moved to the Chlorophonia genus. Blue Mockingbird. Gray Silky-Flycatchers are common throughout the central Mexican highlands.
JULY 13, 2021
In mid-summer, the refuge is full of breeding birds, including Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Virginia Rail, Sandhill Crane, Black Tern, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, etc. There is an auto tour route with several trails along the route.
DECEMBER 21, 2014
He’d heard reports of Virginia Rail being present there in winter but was amazed when one responded to a recording! Curse my rotten owl luck, I didn’t see a single one, but did manage a pale Rough-legged Hawk.
MAY 26, 2019
Corey has been enjoying the beach and the sun down in Virginia all weekend. Spotting Blackpoll Warblers around here breaks bittersweet; obviously, anyone would enjoy spotting one of these monochromatic songbirds, but with this late migrant comes the promise of months of little more than resident breeders.
MAY 2, 2020
Virginia’s Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae). Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus). Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina). Orange-crowned Warbler (Leiothlypis celata). Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla). MacGillivray’s Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei). Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia).
JULY 8, 2014
Imagine my joy, however, as on my walk to the tower a Virginia Rail sauntered past almost within touching distance. Sure, a birder had reported a cooperative Virginia Rail the day before but I didn’t expect lightening to strike twice! The last one were breeders also, at Massapequa Preserve. ).
JUNE 23, 2014
Proving that cruelty knows no bounds, some (language unsuitable for a family blog) in Virginia Beach is shooting blow darts at birds. Meanwhile, an Oregon farmer caught a beating from a neighbor irritated by his loud “bird cannons.” (Who Who knew there was such a thing?).
JULY 20, 2014
While it was neither the rarest or most interesting bird I saw this weekend, the Eastern Bluebird that flew over my car as I drove through Virginia has to take Best Bird of the Weekend honors just because it will be my third blue bird in a row. The trick is to make sure your path crosses those of the right birds at the right time.
JULY 10, 2014
The reason I mention vacation birding is that I’m headed down to Virginia Beach this weekend for sun, sand, and who knows what else. I’ve always loved traveling, but never as much as now when I can truly understand a place by learning about its birds and how they connect to other avifauna across the world.
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