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Mission Statement

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.

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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The Chat Volume 45 Number 3 (Summer 1981)

Front Matter

Cover of The Chat Volume 45 Number 3 (Summer 1981)Cover: Fall shorebird migration actually begins in summer for most species, but the Purple Sandpiper has not been recorded in the Carolinas before October. Look for it throughout the winter on coastal jetties. Photo by David Lee.

Table of Contents


Cowbirds in the Carolinas Eloise F. Potter and Gail T. Whitehurst pp 57–68

CBC Roundtable

...with Louis C. Fink pp 69–70

Backyard Birding

...with Gail T. Whitehurst pp 71–72

General Field Notes

Common Terns Foraging Over Land David S. Lee and Mary Kay Clark p 73

A Dark-phase Western Grebe from North Carolina Michael Tove pp 73–75

Rare Gulls at Cape Hatteras, N.C., Including First Carolinas Record of Mew Gull Robert H. Lewis, Michael Tove, and Harry E. LeGrand Jr. pp 75–77

Rat Snake Preys on Nestlings of Rough-winged Swallow and Common Grackle Tom Haggerty p 77

Briefs for the Files

Winter 1980–1981 Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. pp 78–84

Correction p 84

Back Matter

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