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Winter Meeting
Litchfield Beach, South Carolina — February 5–6, 2016

Plan to attend the Winter meeting at Litchfield Beach, South Carolina. We will explore favorite sites as well as some new birding locations. The last time we met here, we enjoyed 169 species including 27 species of waterfowl. During the first week of February last year, one of our main venues, Huntington Beach State Park, hosted Long-tailed Duck, Common Eider, Razorbill, Purple Sandpiper, and Eared Grebe. While there is no guarantee as to what might show up this go-round, the possibilities are exciting!

Club News

Litchfield Beach Winter meeting. At the Winter CBC meeting, 174 species were seen.

Blowing Rock to Host Spring Meeting. Mark your calendar for the spring 2016 Carolina Bird Club meeting in Blowing Rock, NC on April 28–30! The High Country is one of the greatest places to witness the spring migration of Neotropical migrants; this meeting will offer exceptional trip leaders and interesting opportunities, including owl prowls, along the Blue Ridge escarpment. Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson will be our featured speakers on Saturday evening. Scott and Tom authored The Warbler Guide book and app. Scott is a one-time New York Big Year record holder, and both are excellent photographers.

The Carolina Bird Club is looking for a Newsletter Editor! After 10 years of excellent work editing the Newsletter, Steve Shultz is stepping down. Are you interested in stepping in? Details are in the Jan–Feb issue of the Newsletter.

Bonus trip to Florida — May 1–7, 2016 Join members of the CBC as we visit southeastern Florida and the Keys to search for ABA-area specialties difficult to find outside of SoFla! Early May is a great time, as the birds are in place but the weather hasn't hit that scorching level yet. Passerine migration will still be in progress, adding spice to our trip list. White-crowned Pigeon, Black-whiskered Vireo, Gray Kingbird, Snail Kite, Magnificent Frigatebird, Roseate Tern, Antillean Nighthawk, Gray-headed Swamphen, and Florida Scrub-Jay are just some of the species we expect to find. The elusive Mangrove Cuckoo might also be found. On the other end of the bird spectrum, we should see Egyptian Goose and Muscovy Duck, which are ABA-countable. Yes, the red-wart-faced feral Muscovy is now countable in Florida.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and Nags Head — February 13–14, 2016 The Carolina Bird Club is offering a chance to bird two of the more interesting sites along the mid-Atlantic coast, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) and the northern Outer Banks of North Carolina. (This trip is now full.)

The CBBT complex's four manmade rocky islands act as a magnet for sea ducks, gulls, and other birds. With luck we should be able to leisurely study each of America's three scoter species (birds more often than not seen in distant, fast-moving lines), enjoy the spectacularly plumaged male Long-tailed Duck, search for shorebirds (including Purple Sandpiper) on the rocks, compare the various plumages of Great and Double-crested Cormorants, and hope for a rarity or two like Common Eider, Common Goldeneye, King Eider, or one of the uncommon gulls.

Hickory Fall meeting. Members attending the fall meeting of the Carolina Bird Club in Hickory, North Carolina on September 18 and 19, 2015 enjoyed a weekend of warm, beautiful weather, fine birding, fellowship and entertaining presentations. These are the ingredients for a successful meeting! CBC planners did an excellent job of organizing an exciting array of field trip destinations for the 139 registered participants. Though migration seemed light, most folks enjoyed memorable moments of birding and overall we tallied a grand total of read more...

Birders at Ridge Junction
The Hickory Fall meeting's trip to Ridge Junction on September 18. Photo by Marc Simpson.

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Clemson spring meeting. CBC members enjoyed a wonderful weekend of spring birding in the South Carolina upstate around Clemson. 161 bird species were observed, including 32 species of warblers.

Shade-grown coffee saves songbirds!

The Carolina Bird Club supports Bird Friendly® Coffee: Attention CBC Coffee Drinkers – Save songbirds – Help the CBC! Birds & Beans only sells Smithsonian Cert­ified Bird-Friendly coffee. This is the most songbird-friendly certification and the only certification endorsed by the CBC Executive Comm­ittee. The coffee tastes great and every bag you buy will return $1 to the CBC.

Birders at SCBG
CBC members practice their warbler necks at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens with director Patrick McMillan

Membership directory: An online Carolina Bird Club membership directory is now available. In the past, we have published a membership directory on paper from time to time, but have not done so in ten years. The online directory has all the benefits of a paper directory, plus the benefit of always being up-to-date, and of course the benefit of being much less expensive to publish. The directory is accessible only to club members, not to the public; you must be logged in to access it. We hope that you find this new feature helpful in communicating with Club members and a “green” way to reduce the amount of paper used in publishing member directories! The link to the membership directory can also be found on the Member Services page.

Make Birders Count: Buy Your Duck Stamp Through the ABA The American Birding Association has made it easy to buy a Duck Stamp. Birders use refuges too. Buying a Duck Stamp through the ABA shows your support—as a birder—for habitat and bird conservation.

Online publication. If you are a CBC member, you can now choose to receive The Chat and/or the CBC Newsletter online-only instead of receiving a printed copy in the mail. In conjunction with this new feature, there is a new way for you to correct or change your mailing address and other contact information online. You can even check when your dues will be coming due.

To access this new feature, click on the new link "Member Services" in the sidebar that is on the left side of every page here. On the Member Services page, click on "Manage my membership information". (If you haven't yet registered your login, you will first need to do that at the login registration page. It's free for members, as described in the How to access members-only content item below.)

If you choose to receive publications only online, you will be able to read them at these locations: the page for The Chat and the page for the CBC Newsletter. Each time a new issue is placed on the website, we'll email you to let you know.

If you want to continue to receive your Chat and Newsletter in the mail, you do not have to do anything. We encourage you to receive the publications online in order to save paper and postage (and to get them more quickly), but we've made it completely your choice.

How to access members-only content. This website has a large amount of content that is available to the public, but there are a very few things that we restrict to our club members, namely the most recent editions of our periodical publications, the Newsletter and The Chat. If you are a club member you can access member-only content by registering and using a personal login and password. When you go to open the most recent Newsletter, or a recent Chat article, you will be prompted to login. Only members can register a personal login. How do we know if you are a member? You can register a login only for an email address that we have on file. Unfortunately many of our email addresses go back pretty far and may no longer be valid, so if you find that we don't recognize your email, just let the Headquarters Secretary, Carol Bowman , or the webmaster, Kent Fiala , know what your current email is. For convenience, here is the link to register, and here is the link to login. The login link is also near the bottom of the navigation sidebar on the left side of every page.

Carolina Young Birders Club: Matthew Janson is looking to lead a new young birders club for ages 18 or younger. If you are a young birder, or know one, or are willing to facilitate the club's efforts, please email Matthew or visit the web site.

Finding Birds in South Carolina is here! Robin Carter wrote the definitive guide Finding Birds in South Carolina, published by the University of South Carolina Press, in 1993. After the new editor of the Press decided not to reprint or revise the book, Robin requested and received return of the copyright. After Robin's death in 2008, his widow Caroline had the book digitized by Lulu. Through Caroline's generosity, the full text of the book, in searchable PDF image format, is now available for download. Although the book is 20 years old, most of the information is still useful for finding birds.

Accipiter primer: Do you have trouble identifying Accipiters? Brush up on your skills with Mike Tove's Identification primer: Accipiters.

How much do you know about CBC history? Attendees of the 75th anniversary Spring Meeting in Raleigh competed for the high score on a history quiz. How well can you do?

The Birds of North Carolina is now hosted at! This site aims to provide a compendium of all of the bird species recorded in North Carolina, with general information about their distribution in the state. It is a huge project by Harry LeGrand, with assistance from Ali Iyoob and John Haire, and technical wizardry by Tom Howard. Much of the data that underlies the project has come from Carolina Bird Club members, as published in Briefs for the Files and General Field Notes in The Chat, and now it has come home to the club web site, after a year at The permanent link “Birds of NC” in the navigation bar at the left will take you there.

Band codes: MODO? RTHU? NSWO? Would you like to understand more about those four-letter bird codes? Read more about them.

Accessing The Chat archives. There is a wealth of information about the birds of the Carolinas published in The Chat. We provide two ways to search for information from The Chat. We have a Chat searchable database containing all of the Briefs for the Files and Bird Records Committee reports from volumes 35–79 (years 1971–2015). When was a Red-necked Stint last seen? Little Stint? Have we ever had a good year for Evening Grosbeaks? Find the answers quickly here. We also have a 45-year index to The Chat, so far covering volumes 35—79, years 1971—2015.

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The Club meets three times a year (Spring, Fall, and Winter) at different locations in North or South Carolina, or occasionally in neighboring states.

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