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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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The Chat Volume 42 Number 1 (Winter 1978)

Front Matter

Cover of The Chat Volume 42 Number 1 (Winter 1978)Cover: CBC members who attended the fall meeting at Black Mountain will recognize the Barn Owls from the color photograph displayed there by Bill Duyck. Bill also showed his own color motion pictures of birds. When not taking bird pictures, Bill works as a fireman.

Table of Contents


Breeding Season Distribution and Ecology of the Vesper Sparrow in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountain Province Marcus B. Simpson, Jr pp 1–2

The Birds of Turtle Island, S.C. W. David Chamberlain pp 3–7

CBC Roundtable

...with Louis C. Fink pp 8–9

General Field Notes

Committee Report p 10

Iceland Gull at Clemson, S.C. Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. pp 10–11

A Sight Record of the Iceland Gull from Charleston, S.C. Dennis M. Forsythe p 11

Iceland Gull at Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. and Sidney A. Gauthreaux Jr p 12

Glaucous Gull on Pawleys Island, S.C. Bob Lewis and Lisa Lewis pp 12–13

Willow Flycatcher in Spring on South Carolina Coast Jay Shuler and John Trochet p 13

Red Crossbill in June near Charleston, S.C. Jay Shuler p 14

Black-headed Grosbeak in South Carolina Pete Laurie p 14

Briefs for the Files

Summer 1977 Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. pp 15–19


Book Review p 20


A Word of Thanks p 21

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