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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.

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 52 Number 1 (Winter 1988)

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Front Matter

Cover of The Chat Volume 52 Number 1 (Winter 1988)Cover: Paul A. Stewart caught this hen Wood Duck at the same nest box as the two ducklings portrayed on our Spring 1987 issue.

Table of Contents


Editorial Herb Hendrickson p 1


Notes on Bachman's Sparrow in the Croatan National Forest. Brooke Meanley pp 2–3

Status of the Scarlet Ibis in South Carolina: Historical Records from John Abbot and Alexander Wilson. Marcus B. Simpson Jr pp 4–5

Observations on Avian Morbidity and Mortality at a Winter Feeding Station. Paul A. Stewart pp 6–7

Breeding Status of the Northern Harrier in North Carolina David S. Lee and E. Wayne Irvin pp 7–9

General Field Notes

Eared Grebes in Sumter County, S.C. Lex Glover and Evelyn Dabbs p 10

Atypical Nest-site of the American Oystercatcher in South Carolina. Douglas B. McNair pp 11–12

Massive Roost of Fish Crows at Drum Island, Charleston, South Carolina. Douglas McNair pp 12–13

Second Documentation of Rufous Hummingbird in South Carolina. Greg Cornwell p 14

Fourth Documented Occurrence of the Sprague's Pipit in South Carolina. Lynn and Ray Bieber p 14

First Verified Record for Forster's Tern in South Carolina. Phil Wilkerson and Chris Marsh p 15

First Wilson's Warbler Collected on the Coast of South Carolina. D. Green, P.S. Coleman and W Post p 16

Attempted Nesting of Marsh Wren in Guilford County, N.C. H.T. Hendrickson and Peggy Ferebee pp 16–17

Briefs for the Files

Winter 1986–1987 Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. pp 18–26

Book Reviews

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 2nd ed. pp 27–28

Back Matter

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