Spring Big Day for Virginia

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Leader: Dave Youker

HRBC will be conducting a Spring Big Day of birding.  Just like last Fall, it will be a virtual big day, and run the same way. Bird anywhere in Virginia, as long or short as you’d like. Then send me your list of species and location, and I’ll report back to the Club with the total number of species. Unlike the Audubon Christmas Count and the last month’s HRBC Spring Count, here you need not count the number of individuals for each species.

Last Fall, we had a combined total of 138 different species...that's a good day of birding!  By May, there should be a good supply of warblers in full breeding plumage.  So whether you travel or just do your backyard, have fun and know that your Club is birding right along with you…virtually. If you have any questions, please contact me (youkerd@aol.com, 757-344-9385).


2021 HRBC Spring Bird Count

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Leader: Bill Boeh

The HRBC has been conducting the Spring Bird Count (SBC) since 1995.  Please join us in being part of this citizen science effort to support bird conservation.  It’s great fun and a great way to help conserve the birds--and for new members, a great way to be introduced to some of the best birding sites in our region.

The typical sector count spans most of the day, but some counts only go for a few hours.  Don’t hesitate to participate because you don’t feel you’re proficient enough at identifying birds-sector counts are led by our more experienced birders.  You can contribute by adding more eyes and ears to help detect the birds for identification (and counting).  It’s a lot of fun and you’ll be building your identification skills as well.

The date for this year's SBC will be Saturday, April 24.  The center point and borders of the various sectors can be found on the map below.





















Please contact me (dolphrog1@yahoo.com or 757-951-7959) if you would like to participate and have a preferred sector.


If you can't participate in a field count, feeder-watching is another way you can support this effort.  Please let me know if you are interested by emailing or calling at dolphrog1@yahoo.com, 757-951-7959.


 Winter Bird Count in Newport News Park Results


Click here for the results.

2020 Audubon Christmas Bird Count


Date: Saturday, Dec 19, 2020

Leader:  Bill Boeh

Click here for Summary results

Click Here for the Tally

Fall 2020 "Virtual" Virginia Big Day Results

Leader: Dave Youker

The results are in for our first, virtual Big Day held on 7 Nov.  If you haven't submitted your list, you can still forward it to me.  I was impressed with the number of checklists, the diversity of species, and the resolve of some members to put in some long days birding.  Birds from backyards to seagoing to every habitat in between were identified.  Here are the results:

The weather for the Big Day was very pleasant, except many members had to contend with a heavy fog.  Still, we had an impressive total of 36 club members participate!  A total of 24 checklists were submitted, and the consolidated species list stands at 136!  If anyone is interested in the overall list, I'd be happy to forward it.


Thanks to all the members that participated in this club activity.  The feedback has been very positive, so maybe we can do it again next year.



Dave Youker



2020 HRBC Spring Bird Count Cancelled for COVID-19

Results of 2019 Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Click Here

Results of 2019 HRBC Spring Bird Count - Click Here

Results of 2018 Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Click Here














Photography by Dianne Snyder

Results of 2018 HRBC Spring Count  - Click Here
Red Headed Woodpecker NN Park Dec 26 201

Results of the 2016 Christmas Bird Count - Click Here

The efforts of 48 observers (the vast majority of which were HRBC members) resulted in the observation of 18,568 birds comprised of 123 species.