In December, 2017, we were treated to a visit by a Red-bellied Sapsucker. The homeowners where the bird was sighted opened their property to dozens, if not hundreds, of bird viewers. In appreciation of their generosity, a photo of the bird, taken by Bill Maynard, was framed and presented to the couple by Risë Foster-Bruder.

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Risë was also highlighted in this short video about Fountain Creek Nature Center’s Winter Bird Count. You may recognize some other familiar faces as well!

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Here are some birds that Aiken birders have been seeing. Send in your photos, too!

Virginia Rail & Western Tanager, by Risë Foster-Bruder. August 2017


Purple Sandpiper, Dillon Reservoir, by Risë Foster-Bruder. December 2016


Clockwise: Scaled Quail, Ferruginous Hawk, Burrowing Owl, Coachwhip, Virginia Rail, Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photos: Beth Payne, Jeannie Mitchell, Leslie Holzmann


Photos: Eric Eaton, Leslie Holzmann


Emerald Valley trip; Spotted Coralroot (Orchid), Blue (Colorado) Columbine. Photos: Leslie Holzmann


Clockwise: Rosy-finch assortment, Black Phoebe, American Dipper, Cassin’s Finch, Sage Thrasher. Photos: Jeannie Mitchell, Leslie Holzmann


Clockwise: Western Tanager, Say’s Phoebe, Downy Woodpecker, bee, coyote, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wilson’s Snipe, flycatcher. Photos: Jeannie Mitchell, Aaron Shipe, Leslie Holzmann


Loggerhead Shrike, Aiken birders. Photos: Leslie Holzmann, Jeannie Mitchell


Aiken Birders, Great Horned Owl, Ferruginous Hawk. Photos: Bill Shankster