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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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CBC Bonus Field Trip

Lake Mattamuskeet November 13-14

The trip to Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 12th and 13th was a lot of fun for everyone despite the occasional sprinkles on Sat. and the howling winds all weekend.  For the most part the land birds were pretty much hunkered down, but the ducks and swans were enjoying the weather.  Our total species count for the weekend was 83, a bit less than last year.  One glaring miss was SNOW GEESE.  When we didn't see any on our drive through the refuge with the refuge officer, Kate, she told us they were probably in the fields.  But we never saw any in the fields either.  Sunday afternoon David and Michael McCloy, Bobbie Cox and Carol Bowman stopped by Pungo Lake on their way home and added two species to the list including SNOW GEESE.  The list of birds seen is as follows:

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Tundra Swan
Snow Goose (Pungo Lake)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Scaup species
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Pungo Lake)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Northern Bobwhite
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Common Snipe
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Forster's Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow