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2014 VSO Craney Island Trip Report

Great Virginia Society of Ornithology trip to Craney Island in Portsmouth on 8/16/14. Ruth Beck and her band of expert leaders, Bill Williams, Brian Taber, Dave Youker, and George & Virginia Boyles, ROCK. All of the participants ROLLED with the new regulations at Craney Island, an Army Corps of Engineers site. Mother Nature cooperated by […]

Changes to Flickr embed code


A large number of eBirders are now adding photos to their checklists, and this has made interacting with eBird much more fun. It is also a tremendous help to our tireless review team, who can use the photos to assess records rare birds reported. Please keep including photos in your checklists! However, one of the primary […]

2014 VSO Foray Will Be in the Dragon Run Area June 7–15

2014 VSO Foray Will Be in the Dragon Run Area June 7–15 2014

The 2014 VSO Foray will be held in Middlesex and King & Queen Counties this year, on June 7–15. These counties border the beautiful Dragon Run, well-known as an “ecological gem.” While participants won’t be able to kayak the run itself, as the water level will be too low by June, the area around it […]

May eBird Challenge


May is typically our biggest month for data collection in eBird and we want this to be our biggest month ever. To that end, this month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic, has one purpose — for you to try to enter at least 100 checklists this month. We know this may sound […]

Virginia Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz Update

Rusty Blackbird distribution in Virginia, March 2014

The Ides of March have passed, so we’re half-way through the survey period for contributing to the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz.  Virginia has made a good start with its part of the survey.  In the map below I have summarized those sightings which have been submitted to ebird thus far.  As you can see […]

Get your Blitz On: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz opens March 1st

Spring male Rusty Blackbird.

Have you seen a flash of rust-tipped feathers under a bright yellow eye? Or perhaps you’ve enjoyed the dubiously melodious sound of a squeaky-hinge song? Previously a common sight in mixed-blackbird flocks and flooded forests, Rusty Blackbirds now face an unfortunate and remarkable notoriety; this species has endured a decline more severe than any other […]

VSO winter weeked at Virginia Beach 2013 trip report

VSO Virginia Beach Field Trip © Lee Adams

The winter 2013 VSO Virginia Beach weekend (December 6-8, 2013) started off on a summery note with temperatures rising close to 80F on the Pleasure House Point walk . Rexanne Bruno led the way pointing out birds and sharing some of the history of the area. Among the afternoon’s highlights were three Osprey at one […]

Great (Global) Backyard Bird Count this weekend!


February 14-17 (Friday to Monday) is the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). To participate, just go birding during this timeframe and make sure to enter your checklists in eBird. The GBBC was one of the first demonstrations that the internet could be used to collect bird checklists and was instrumental in the creation […]

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics eBirder of the Month for 2014


We are pleased to announce the 2014 eBirder of the Month program sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Each month we will feature a new eBird challenge and set of selection criteria. The monthly winners will each receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular and a selection of books from another great eBird sponsor, Princeton University […]

Got Snowies–2013!

Snowy Owl at Stone Harbor Point, NJ, 2 December. Photo by Tom Johnson.

Two years ago Snowy Owls staged a massive invasion into the Lower 48, and this year it looks like they are on the move again. In 2011 the invasion was continent-wide, with particularly large numbers in the Pacific Northwest and Great Plains, but numbers in the Northeast U.S. and Atlantic coast not particularly high. This […]