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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 44 Number 1 (Winter 1980)

Front Matter

Cover of The Chat Volume 44 Number 1 (Winter 1980)Cover American Woodcocks may begin courting in January and nesting as early as February. Jack Dermid photographed four buffy eggs laid in an unconcealed leaf-lined depression in the ground. The Solitary Vireo drawing by Doug Pratt on page 13 is reprinted from the March 1968 Chat.

Table of Contents


First Evidence of Nesting for the Black-capped Chickadee from North Carolina Michael Tove pp 1–4

Ashe County Breeding Bird Foray-1979 Harry E. LeGrand Jr. and Eloise F. Potter pp 5–13

General Field Notes

Observations of Water Birds on Lake Murray, S.C. Bob Lewis pp 14–15

White-tailed Kite in South Carolina Piedmont Bob Lewis pp 15–16

Red-tailed Hawk Capturing Fish Joshua A. Lee and William Brown Jr. p 16

Spring Record of the Hudsonian Godwit in Inland South Carolina Thomas M. Valega and Harry E. LeGrand Jr. pp 16–17

Status of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Coastal South Carolina John B. Andre p 17

Sisyphean Behavior in a Red-headed Woodpecker T.E. Howard pp 17–18

Warblers in Southwestern North Carolina, Including Cerulean Warblers in Clay County Michael P. Schultz pp 18–19

Grackles Exhibit Common Defensive Behavior Against an American Alligator W. David Chamberlain p 19

Lark Bunting in Wake County, N.C. Mark B. Gardner and Kevin Hintsa p 20

The Clay-colored Sparrow in South Carolina Jay Shuler pp 20–21

Briefs for the Files

Summer 1979 Harry LeGrand pp 21–25

CBC Roundtable

...with Louis C. Fink pp 26–27


Book Reviews pp 27–28

Back Matter

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