Recent Sightings

The most timely sources of information about current sightings of birds both rare and common in the Carolinas are the carolinabirds mailing list and eBird. The most recent carolinabirds messages can be found at American Birding Association Birding News.

The list of eBird reviewers for the Carolinas is here.


Notable sightings that have been reported to eBird for recent dates.

“Notable” sightings are submitted to an eBird reviewer for approval. Only those sightings with a check mark by the species name have so far been approved; others are pending approval.

For a more localized report, click
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North Carolina notable sightings

March 22

3Palm Warbler (Yellow)Carvers Creek SP--Long Valley Farm
 Yvette HaughneyCumberland County hotspot info checklist
3Palm Warbler (Yellow)Carvers Creek SP--Long Valley Farm
 Mike StewartCumberland County hotspot info checklist
2Common GoldeneyeUS-NC-Green Mountain-Pisgah National Forest - 35.9994x-82.2021
 Jenny McNabbYancey County map checklist
1Lark SparrowUS-NC-Manteo-27954 - 35.8741x-75.6611
 Jane GanttDare County map checklist
1American Tree Sparrow1124 birkdale dr, mebane, nc
 Mari SzymanskiAlamance County map checklist
4Northern GannetUS-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist
19Lesser Black-backed GullBuckhorn Reservoir
 Ricky DavisWilson County hotspot info checklist

March 21

1Trumpeter Swan Ledges Whitewater River Park
 Jeremy HymanBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
3Red-cockaded WoodpeckerCroatan NF--Patsy Pond Nature Trail
 Ken OeserCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Yellow WarblerUS-North Carolina-Vass-Longstreet Road - 35.122x-79.116
 Jennifer Archambault & Bill MullinHoke County map checklist
2Northern Gannet US-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist
2Common Eider Wrightsville Beach--Masonboro Inlet
 Jerzy SmyklaNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist

March 20

1Bachman's Sparrow US-North Carolina-Vass - 35.193x-79.238 - Mar 20, 2017 7:44 PM
 Franco GigliottiHoke County map checklist
2Common Eider Wrightsville Beach--Masonboro Inlet
 Jerzy SmyklaNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
1Great Egret Dupont SF
 Todd ArcosTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Broad-winged Hawk Pisgah NF--Looking Glass Rock
 clifton averyTransylvania County hotspot info checklist

March 19

2Common Eider Wrightsville Beach--Masonboro Inlet
 Sam CooperNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
2Northern Gannet US-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist
1Trumpeter Swan US-NC-Asheville-1074-1098 Old Marshall Hwy - 35.6920x-82.6161
 Anonymous eBirderBuncombe County map checklist
1Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Chad PumpellyWake County hotspot info checklist
16Lesser Black-backed Gull US-NC-Rocky Mount-7127-7247 NC Highway 97 W - 35.9688x-77.6957
 Ricky DavisEdgecombe County map checklist
1Cape May Warbler UNC Chapel Hill--Coker Arboretum
 Dave HartOrange County hotspot info checklist
1Spotted Sandpiper Coddle Creek Reservoir--north end
 David PatickCabarrus County hotspot info checklist
1Sandhill Crane US-North Carolina-Boone-1046 Deerfield Road - 36.2x-81.642
 Richard GrayWatauga County map checklist
1Ovenbird Apex Nature Park
 John AmorosoWake County hotspot info checklist
2Common Merganser (North American) Green River Game Land--Green River Cove Rd.
 Todd ArcosPolk County hotspot info checklist
1Lesser Black-backed Gull US-NC-Rocky Mount-7127-7247 NC Highway 97 W - 35.9688x-77.6957
 Ricky DavisEdgecombe County map checklist
1Sandhill Crane Deerfield Rd
 Wilcox FamilyWatauga County map checklist

March 18

1Great Egret Lake Junaluska
 kirk gardnerHaywood County hotspot info checklist
1Cape May Warbler UNC Chapel Hill--Coker Arboretum
 D LloydOrange County hotspot info checklist
2Harlequin Duck Fort Fisher--Ocean Overlook/Coquina Outcropping/Gazebo
 Jesse AndersonNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
1Sandhill Crane Deerfield Rd
 Wilcox FamilyWatauga County map checklist
1Barn Swallow Lake Junaluska
 Leslie MacDuffieHaywood County hotspot info checklist
1Great Egret Lake Junaluska
 Leslie MacDuffieHaywood County hotspot info checklist
1Great Egret Boggs Rd--Low Bridge at Methodist Camp
 Guy McGraneAshe County map checklist
2Harlequin Duck Fort Fisher State Historic Site
 Thomas GrayNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
2Harlequin Duck Fort Fisher State Historic Site
 Carly GrayNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
2Lesser Black-backed Gull Buckhorn Reservoir -- Turkey Cr cove from Wade Thompson Rd.,
 Ann BriceWilson County map checklist
1Trumpeter Swan Ledges Whitewater River Park
 Ken OeserBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
1Trumpeter Swan Ledges Whitewater River Park
 George IveyBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
4Northern Gannet US-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist
2Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree County Park
 Eddie OwensWake County hotspot info checklist
1Northern Parula Mills River
 kirk gardnerHenderson County map checklist
1Northern Gannet US-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist

March 17

1Great Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 LynnErla BeegleWake County hotspot info checklist
1Great Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Troy CaseWake County hotspot info checklist
1Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 LynnErla BeegleWake County hotspot info checklist
1Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Troy CaseWake County hotspot info checklist
1Great Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Jean EllsWake County hotspot info checklist
4Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Jean EllsWake County hotspot info checklist
1Lark Sparrow Stanford Rd.
 Maria de BruynOrange County hotspot info checklist
1Lark Sparrow Coastal Studies Institute
 WS BarbourDare County hotspot info checklist
1Lark Sparrow Coastal Studies Institute
 Natalie BarbourDare County hotspot info checklist
1Great Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Kevin HudsonWake County hotspot info checklist
1Louisiana Waterthrush Croatan N.F. Countyline Rd.
 AnonymousCraven County map checklist
1Rufous Hummingbird US-NC-Durham-134 Pinecrest Rd - 35.9825x-78.9392
 Martin WallDurham County map checklist
2Northern Gannet US-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist
1Snow Goose Osceola Lake
 kirk gardnerHenderson County hotspot info checklist

March 16

1Northern Gannet US-NC-Arapahoe-983 Hardison Lee Farm Rd - 34.9822x-76.7681
 Pauline SterinPamlico County map checklist
1Common Goldeneye US-NC-Fayetteville-Colonial Park Dr pond
 Mike StewartCumberland County map checklist
1Common Goldeneye US-NC-Fayetteville-Colonial Park Dr pond
 Yvette HaughneyCumberland County map checklist
1Peregrine Falcon Hilton
 Ron ClarkMecklenburg County map checklist
1Cape May Warbler UNC Chapel Hill--Coker Arboretum
 Jeffery SoleOrange County hotspot info checklist
1Rufous Hummingbird Winton home- US-NC-Durham-134 Pinecrest Rd - 35.9826x-78.9390
 WS BarbourDurham County map checklist
1Rufous Hummingbird Winton home- US-NC-Durham-134 Pinecrest Rd - 35.9826x-78.9390
 Natalie BarbourDurham County map checklist
1Rufous Hummingbird Winton home- US-NC-Durham-134 Pinecrest Rd - 35.9826x-78.9390
 Jesse AndersonDurham County map checklist
1Rufous Hummingbird 134 Pinecrest Rd
 Chad PumpellyDurham County map checklist
2Northern Gannet Cedar Island Ferry Terminal
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist

South Carolina notable sightings

March 21

1Bachman's Sparrow Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve
 Dennis ForsytheJasper County hotspot info checklist
2American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Jane KramerGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Swainson's Warbler118 Parrish Road
 Lewis BurkeSaluda County map checklist
1Eastern Whip-poor-will Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area
 Kevin KubachAnderson County hotspot info checklist

March 20

2Red-cockaded Woodpecker US-South Carolina-Huger-1000-1128 Hoover Road - 32.968x-79.814
 Mary FosterBerkeley County map checklist
2Common Ground-Dove Orangeburg Sod Farms (sensitive site)
 Harold DonnellyOrangeburg County hotspot info checklist
5Black Scoter Folly Beach Fishing Pier
 Mark TarryCharleston County hotspot info checklist
2Fox Sparrow Oconee Point
 scott davisOconee County map checklist
2American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Gary HarbourGreenville County hotspot info checklist
2American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Paul SerridgeGreenville County hotspot info checklist
2American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Joan BakerGreenville County hotspot info checklist
4American Black Duck Santee Coastal Reserve (fall and winter restricted access)
 Steve RhodesCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Great Kiskadee Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Linda MontgomeryColleton County hotspot info checklist
2American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Michael RobertsonGreenville County hotspot info checklist

March 19

1American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Michael RobertsonGreenville County hotspot info checklist
2Chimney Swift SC Home
 Rebecca JordanClarendon County map checklist
1Yellow-bellied FlycatcherCarolina Sandhills NWR
 Diane HerbertChesterfield County map checklist
1Wood ThrushCongaree Creek HP--Timmerman Trail
 Steve McInnisLexington County hotspot info checklist
1Northern Cardinal (Common) 221 Sandy Springs Rd. Pelzer SC
 Anne PedenGreenville County map checklist
1American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Chip GilbertGreenville County hotspot info checklist

March 18

1American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Jo Anne KeaslerGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Red-cockaded Woodpecker Hitchcock Woods
 Matt MalinAiken County hotspot info checklist
1Great Kiskadee Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Ray SwagertyColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Great Kiskadee Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Ed BlitchColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Great Kiskadee Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Pamela FordColleton County hotspot info checklist
12Semipalmated Sandpiper Savannah Spoil Site: Area 12A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist

March 17

1Summer TanagerThe Landings, Lake Murray, SC
 Jennifer ShockleyLexington County map checklist
1Lincoln's SparrowSantee NWR--Bluff Unit (fall and winter restricted access)
 Harold DonnellyClarendon County hotspot info checklist
1Northern WaterthrushCongaree NP (Congaree Swamp)
 Jonathan ManchesterRichland County hotspot info checklist
1Northern WaterthrushCongaree NP (Congaree Swamp)
 Steve McInnisRichland County hotspot info checklist
2Black Scoter Folly Beach "Washout"
 Karen HamblettCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Cattle Egret (Eastern) Fairfax
 Carroll RichardAllendale County hotspot info checklist

March 16

1American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Miles GroffGreenville County hotspot info checklist
3Red-cockaded Woodpecker Carolina Sandhills NWR
 Mac WilliamsChesterfield County hotspot info checklist
1Ash-throated Flycatcher Savannah Spoil Site: Area 12A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
XRed-cockaded Woodpecker US-South Carolina-Luray - 32.827x-81.393 - Mar 6, 2017 5:12 PM
 Jonathan CooleyAllendale County map checklist
1Red-breasted Nuthatch St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
 David GardnerCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Red-breasted Nuthatch St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
 Beverly GholsonCharleston County hotspot info checklist


The Carolina Bird Club Rare Bird Alert has been discontinued. A historical archive of the Rare Bird Alerts from 2003 to 2008 is online.