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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.

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Southeast NC
October 23, 2004
Trip Leader: Stephen Harris

Cost: $10 per person

Maximum Participants: 12

Trip Description: Join fellow CBC members for a day of fall birding along the NC coast. We 'll meet at 7:30 am at the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum parking lot located on the west side of Hwy. 421, just south of Kure Beach. The trip will focus on local hot spots in the Greater Fort Fisher area with its ocean front, mud flats, tidal basin, and area maritime forest. We hope to use four-wheel drive vehicles part of the day to drive out on the ocean front to access what can be excellent mud flats. Bring drinks and a picnic lunch; restrooms are available in the area.. There will be relatively easy walking involved.

Trip Report: On the Carolina Bird Club field trip to the Fort Fisher area today the group enjoyed outstanding Fall weather and 79 species including outstanding looks at all three targeted marsh sparrows; Seaside Sparrow, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Also of note was a Merlin that buzzed through scattering birds in every direction while we were having lunch at the Aquarium picnic tables. The complete trip list is:

Pied-billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Snowy Egret
White Ibis
Black Scoter
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Merlin
Clapper Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Killdeer
Short-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown Creeper
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
European Starling
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Boat-tailed Grackle