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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.

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CBC Bonus Trip: Whooping Cranes & More On the Central Texas Coast March 20–28, 2010

The complex bay, barrier island, and marsh ecosystems of the Central Texas Coast teem with water-associated birds of a wide variety. This region harbors major populations of Reddish Egret and other members of the heron family, ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, American Oystercatcher, and numerous terns. The coastal bays, mudflats, and nearby fields attract most of the North American shorebirds, while the vast marshes shelter specialties like Least Bittern, Clapper Rail, and Seaside Sparrow. Raptors are a frequent sight on the coastal prairie, including the beautiful White-tailed Hawk in its major U.S. breeding area, plus White-tailed Kite, and Crested Caracara. Woodland birds of the eastern forests reach their southern limit in this region, while a few of the South Texas birds extend their ranges northeastward to the isolated patches of brush here.

We can expect to see the magnificent Whooping Crane on its wintering grounds at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. We will tour the refuge on land and again by boat as we cruise on the “Skimmer” out of Fulton, TX. Other Texas specialties include—Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, White-faced Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mottled Duck, Cinnamon Teal, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Inca Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Green Jay, Black-crested Titmouse, Long-billed and Curve-billed Thrashers, Sprague's Pipit, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, and Bronzed Cowbird.

We plan an all-day tour of the King Ranch, which should be an unmatched birding experience. With some of the rarest breeding birds in the U.S. like the Ferruginous Pygmy-owl and Tropical Parula, AND habitat for migrating passerines, the ranch is a wonderful place to bird. Other species we'll look for on the ranch include Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Audubon's Oriole, Botteri's Sparrow, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Harris's Hawk, and Burrowing Owl.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks. Photo by Merrill Lester

Least Grebe. Photo by Merrill Lester

Neotropic Cormorant. Photo by Merrill Lester

White Ibis. Photo by Merrill Lester

Roseate Spoonbill and Black-necked Stilt. Photo by Merrill Lester

Broad-winged Hawk. Photo by Merrill Lester

White-tailed Hawk. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Crested Caracara. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Whooping Crane. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Whooping Crane. Photo by Merrill Lester

American Golden-Plover. Photo by Merrill Lester

Northern Jacana. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Northern Jacana. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Northern Jacana. Photo by Merrill Lester

Upland Sandpiper. Photo by Merrill Lester

Upland Sandpiper. Photo by Merrill Lester

Long-billed Curlew. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Long-billed Curlew. Photo by Merrill Lester

Inca Dove. Photo by Merrill Lester

Common Ground-Dove. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Greater Roadrunner. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Photo by Merrill Lester

Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Great Kiskadee. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Couch's Kingbird. Photo by Merrill Lester

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Photo by Merrill Lester

Loggerhead Shrike. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Green Jay. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Northern Wheatear. Photo by Merrill Lester

Long-billed Thrasher. Photo by Bruce Smithson

American Pipit. Photo by Merrill Lester

Sprague's Pipit. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Tropical Parula. Photo by Merrill Lester

Louisiana Waterthrush. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Black-throated Sparrow. Photo by Merrill Lester

Pyrrhuloxia. Photo by Bruce Smithson

Great-tailed Grackle. Photo by Bruce Smithson

The group afield. Photo by Merrill Lester



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