I'm keeping a "year list" of all the birds I see and I have 86 so far for 2012. Most recent additions were Black-crowned Night Heron at a local pond in Waynesboro, Virginia and Ruddy Duck at a pond in Crozet Virginia, both this past Saturday. Some highlights from January 2012 include a Lark Sparrow, a rare visitor to Virginia that has been hanging around locally in Augusta County all of January. Yesterday a second Lark Sparrow was confirmed by me at the location where the one has been seen for a long time. Other notables include Cackling Geese, and Rough-legged Hawk in Augusta County and Golden Eagle in nearby Highland County. The Rough-legged Hawk in Augusta County is an over-wintering bird that has returned to a certain road for several winters.
Also, I have guided several people around Augusta County and gotten them notable birds and even life birds. If any of you are ever in Augusta County I would be happy to guide you around if we can pick a day that's free on my schedule and yours. Good birding!