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The Carolina Bird Club is a non-profit organization that represents and supports the birding community in the Carolinas through its website, publications, meetings, workshops, trips, and partnerships, whose mission is


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The Carolina Bird Club, Inc., is a non-profit educational and scientific association open to anyone interested in the study and conservation of wildlife, particularly birds.

The Club meets each winter, spring, and fall at different locations in the Carolinas. Meeting sites are selected to give participants an opportunity to see many different kinds of birds. Guided field trips and informative programs are combined for an exciting weekend of meeting with people who share an enthusiasm and concern for birds.

The Club offers research grants in avian biology for undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships for young birders.

The Club publishes two print publications (now also available online). The Chat is a quarterly ornithological journal that contains scientific articles, reports of bird records committees and bird counts, and general field notes on bird sightings. CBC Newsletter is published bimonthly and includes birding articles and information about meetings, field trips, and Club news.

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Carolina Bird Club Bonus Field Trip—September 21–22—Blue Ridge Parkway

Rain. Fog. Wind. The bane of birders everywhere. You hope you avoid them, but sometimes one or two must be dealt with. But one really has to be neglecting the gods of birding to encounter all three. Apparently I've done just that, for as birders gathered from across the great state of North Carolina to participate in September's Blue Ridge Parkway bonus field trip, Mother Nature tossed a lightning bolt. Well, not really, there was no lighting, but we “enjoyed” plenty of rain, fog, and wind that first day. Not exactly what one hopes for when the goal is to locate and enjoy flocks of migrant passerines.

But let's back up to Saturday morning where twelve birders gathered in the pre-dawn and headed out for a day on the Blue Ridge. While the moon glowed weakly through scudding cloud in the “lowlands” of Sparta, up on the Parkway fog and wind challenged. Plenty of birds were about, in fact the number of flocks was quite impressive, but visibility that often extended to less than the heights of the tree hampered viewing the colorful jewels of fall. Nonetheless, most of the expected species were encountered and enjoyed, and the number and frequency of the flocks made up in part for the less than stellar viewing conditions. A perched Merlin on the North Carolina side of the state line may have been the bird of the day.

When the rain finally settled in for good, we abandoned the Parkway for the drier offerings of Sparta's restaurants and coffee shops where tales of birding trips past provided entertainment. Later, after dinner and the “Official First and Maybe Last CBC Ski-Ball Tournament” we retired with visions of sunshine, not sugar plums, in our heads.

All that hoping seemed to work, for Sunday dawned clear and blue. And while the cold front that whisked through the highlands the prior evening seemed to take some of the birds with it, we were rewarded with ample sunshine in which to enjoy the warblers, thrushes, tanagers, and others who remained behind. Highlights included a flock of Swainson's and Wood Thrushes feeding on ripe berries along a bubbling mountain stream, a very pleasing mixed flock that provided perfect views of eleven species of warblers, and what was likely the best Broad-winged Hawk flight day in years. By the time we arrived at the Mahogany Rock hawk watch the birds had begun to kettle, and throughout the afternoon hundreds of Broad-wings streamed over in a river of feathers heading south. Up and down the Blue Ridge hawk watches would tally a multi-thousand bird day as the hawks took advantage of the perfect migration conditions created by the departing weather system.

The trip ended Sunday afternoon atop Mahogany Rock after an invigorating hike. Broad-wings continued to drift overhead while warblers bounced through the trees. We decided that with the ground around us littered with gems (thousands of tiny garnets embedded in mica schist) and the trees above full of birds, we were once again in nature's good graces.

The trip tallied a total of fifteen warbler species and sixty-seven species overall.


Mallard
Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech-Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Merlin
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch