Beginning Birder Opportunities
New to birding? Take some time to read about the Beginning Birder Workshops. The first takes place on Sunday, October 30. Click here for information on the entire series.
2017 PBC Minigrants
The PBC Minigrant Program invests in educational and conservation projects in the Piedmont NC area.
Learn More here
Minigrant Application Deadline is 12/1/2016
Welcome to our New Members
Nov/Dec 2016 - The Veep's Peep
A treasure trove of wintering birds awaits birders of all skill and mobility levels. Pull a chair up to a window with field guide and binoculars close by, and watch your feeder birds tuck into their favorite food. Keep an eye open for winter residents amongst those that grace your yard year-round – seed-eaters: White-Throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin; suet-lovers: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush (if you’re lucky); in the trees: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler.
If you are interested in going further afield, you never know what you might find on Greensboro’s lakes, especially as the colder weather arrives -- and you can observe from your car, the roadside or one of the lakeside trails. Look carefully through the ducks and other waterfowl for a Common Goldeneye or a Horned Grebe or a Red-breasted Merganser. You might like to join a pontoon boat birding trip at Lake Townsend on November 20 or December 18. Check our Calendar for more details.
One of my favorite winter visitors is the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Have you ever watched this woodpecker at work? He bores holes in neatly spaced rows into the inner bark of trees that produce sap high in sugar content, such as the maples, and then laps up the oozing sap with his tongue. There are two kinds of holes: round, deep ones, and rectangular, shallow ones. The latter need to be periodically maintained by the sapsucker to keep the sap running.
A large number of other sap-loving animals are fed by the sapsucker as a result of his drilling, including hummingbirds, warblers, bats, squirrels, spiders, and a variety of insects such as bees, dragonflies, beetles, and ants.
Left: Cape May Warbler drinking from sap well
Follow this link to learn more:
.....and this one to read a lovely essay about this bird:
Above: Red Admiral and Question Mark butterflies,
along with insects, drinking from sap well
Save some time for socializing with your fellow birders! Our annual Holiday Dinner and members’ slide show is to be held on Tuesday, December 13, at WhiteStone, 700 S. Holden Road, Greensboro. More details are available on the Calendar. Please note that reservations and payment are required by December 3.
The Piedmont Bird Club is always happy to hear from non-members, and we extend a warm and cordial welcome to anyone who would like to experience one of our outside or inside activities.
I look forward to seeing you very soon!
“North Carolina is a great place for birding. And the Piedmont Bird Club is a wonderful group of folks to bird with!”