David Sibley's discussion on separating Cackling Goose in the field:

Gleanings from the Web

An archive of all of Gene Sattler's incredible quarterly synopsis of birds reported in Virginia gleaned from the internet.


The Searchable Ornithological Research Archive. This unbelievable resource makes most ornithological articles published in the major journals searchable and available around the world.


Ornithological Worldwide Literature. From their website: “a compilation of citations and abstracts from the worldwide scientific literature that pertain to the science of ornithology. A major attraction is its coverage of the ‘grey’ literature, which are not abstracted by commercial databases such as Zoological Record or the Science Citation Index.”

Managing Lands in the Piedmont of Virginia for the Benefit of Birds and Other Wildlife

Published by American Bird Conservancy, Piedmont Environmental Council, and Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries; this booklet serves as a guide to creating and managing agricultural, grassland, shrubland, forests, savannas, wetlands and developed areas, and was in part funded by the VSO.

The Birds of Bath and Highland Counties

The new (2nd) edition has been completed. Our thanks to Rick Webb.

Bath-Highland Whip-poor-will Study 2005

The Bath-Highland Bird Club is asking residents to make note of this declining species. The instructions and record sheet are a one pageAdobe® pdf file (34 kb). AnMS Word® version is here. While these are for use at "long term" sites, they are also interested in receiving reports from visitors. Simply post your siting to VA-Bird, but be sure to include a location, time and date.

Black-capped Chickadee? Carolina Chicakdee? (Morphology Paper | Song Paper)

Recent discussions on the state listserve involved chickadee identification and referenced papers written by Gene Sattler and published in The Auk. Both the morphology paper and the song paper are posted here with the kind permission of Gene Sattler, the American Ornithologists Union, and The Auk.