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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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Recent Sightings

The most timely sources of information about current sightings of birds both rare and common in the Carolinas are the carolinabirds mailing list and eBird. The most recent carolinabirds messages can be found at American Birding Association Birding News.

The list of eBird reviewers for the Carolinas is here.


Notable sightings that have been reported to eBird for recent dates.

“Notable” sightings are submitted to an eBird reviewer for acceptance. Only those sightings with a check mark by the species name have so far been accepted; others are pending confirmation.

For a more localized report, click
Nearby notable sightings

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North Carolina notable sightings

December 9

1Yellow-throated Warbler 451 Lakeshore Ln, Chapel Hill US-NC (35.9498,-79.0313)
 Lillian BrownOrange County map checklist
1Yellow-throated Warbler504 Redbud Rd, Chapel Hill US-NC (35.9501,-79.0294)
 Tom DriscollOrange County map checklist
1Evening Grosbeak Severin Street
 Maria de BruynOrange County map checklist Photo available

December 8

2Common MerganserLake Tahoma
 Art WebsterMcDowell County hotspot info checklist Photo available
2Common MerganserLake Tahoma
 Gordon WarburtonMcDowell County hotspot info checklist
1Hudsonian GodwitPea Island NWR--North Pond
 Phil KlingelhoferDare County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Hudsonian GodwitPea Island NWR--North Pond
 Chris O'ConnorDare County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Hudsonian GodwitPea Island NWR--North Pond
 Karen LebingDare County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Hudsonian GodwitPea Island NWR--North Pond
 Audrey WhitlockDare County hotspot info checklist Photo available
2Greater White-fronted GooseBeasley Rd. Pond Area
 Ed CoreyWashington County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Wet area behind Embassy Suite Hotel
 Penny SoaresCabarrus County map checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Wet area behind Embassy Suite Hotel
 Steve CogginCabarrus County map checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Wet area behind Embassy Suite Hotel
 william rowseCabarrus County map checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Wet area behind Embassy Suite Hotel
 Judy WalkerCabarrus County map checklist
3Egyptian GooseLake Julian Park
 Tom BushBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
1White-cheeked PintailLake Julian Park
 Tom BushBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
1Peregrine Falcon Mid Pines Rd.
 Dale LambertWake County hotspot info checklist

December 7

1Northern Saw-whet Owl1989–2007 S Fort Fisher Blvd, Kure Beach US-NC (33.9621,-77.9300)
 Jamie AdamsNew Hanover County map checklist
1Northern Saw-whet OwlFort Fisher Area --Basin/Aquarium
 Greg MasseyNew Hanover County map checklist
1White-crowned Sparrow Mid Pines Rd.
 Sam JollyWake County hotspot info checklist
3Common Eider Johnnie Mercer's Pier
 Sam CooperNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Kevin BurkeTransylvania County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Michael PlauchéTransylvania County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Frank PorterTransylvania County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Peregrine Falcon Mid Pines Rd.
 Edward LandiWake County hotspot info checklist
1Anhinga Perrytown Pond, New Bern, North Carolina, US (35.064, -77.071)
 Ronnie HewletteCraven County map checklist Photo available
1Glaucous Gull Pea Island NWR
 Carlton GroffDare County hotspot info checklist
1Glaucous Gull Pea Island NWR--North Pond
 Phil KlingelhoferDare County hotspot info checklist
1Glaucous Gull Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Rodanthe US-NC (35.7163,-75.4934)
 John ReillyDare County map checklist
1Glaucous Gull Pea Island NWR--North Pond
 Ellen AdelmanDare County hotspot info checklist
1Glaucous Gull Pea Island NWR--North Pond
 Al HooksDare County hotspot info checklist

December 6

2Northern Saw-whet Owl Fort Fisher SRA
 Sam CooperNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
1Green Heron Emerald Isle yard with ponds & surrounding neighborhood
 ed phillipsCarteret County map checklist
1Peregrine Falcon McAdoo Ave, Greensboro US-NC
 Matt WangerinGuilford County map checklist Photo available
1Common Goldeneye Edenton Fish Hatchery
 Kathy MillerChowan County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-throated Warbler Brunswick Town State Historic Site
 Sara MeissnerBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Peregrine Falcon 199 McAdoo Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina, US (36.068, -79.785)
 Steph KruegerGuilford County map checklist
1Peregrine Falcon 199 McAdoo Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina, US (36.068, -79.785)
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County map checklist
1White-eyed VireoTower Road Croatan National Forest
 Hugo CobosCraven County map checklist
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Frank PorterTransylvania County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Michael PlauchéTransylvania County hotspot info checklist Photo available
6Short-billed Dowitcher Southport-Ft Fisher Ferry
 Tom BaxterBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Snow Goose 3203 River Rd, Stoneville US-NC (36.4162,-79.8562)
 Martin WallRockingham County map checklist Photo available

December 5

1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Frank PorterTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Western Tanager 400 Lantz Ave, Salisbury US-NC (35.6899,-80.4870)
 Ann BrownleeRowan County map checklist Photo available
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Michael PlauchéTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Frank PorterTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Egyptian GooseLake Julian Park
 Stephan MartinBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
1Peregrine Falcon Mid Pines Rd.
 Jean EllsWake County hotspot info checklist
1Prairie Warbler Bald Head Island
 Tom BaxterBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Sandy Creek Park
 Roger ShawDurham County hotspot info checklist
60Short-billed Dowitcher Southport-Ft Fisher Ferry
 Tom BaxterBrunswick County hotspot info checklist

December 4

1Great EgretEcusta Pond (private)
 Michael PlauchéTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Common Goldeneye211 Perry Road, Troutman, North Carolina, US (35.7, -80.879)
 Jonathan CooleyIredell County map checklist
1Common Gallinule Beaufort Bypass
 Jeannie KrausCarteret County map checklist
2Sandhill Crane Beaufort Bypass
 Jeannie KrausCarteret County map checklist
1Western Kingbird North River Farms (permission required)
 John FussellCarteret County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Surf Scoter Southport-Ft Fisher Ferry
 Tom BaxterBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Western Kingbird North River Farms (permission required)
 Jeannie KrausCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Great Egret Lake Ansley C. Moore
 Tracy FeldmanScotland County hotspot info checklist

December 3

5Cattle Egret Friends house
 caleb bronsinkPitt County map checklist
1Anhinga 5152–5178 N Church St, Greensboro US-NC (36.1622,-79.7881)
 Heidi GoodGuilford County map checklist
1White-crowned Sparrow Guilford--Humble Road (gravel)
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County map checklist
1Egyptian GooseLake Julian Park
 Christopher UrbanBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
1Marsh WrenWalnut Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant Wetland
 Tony-Cara WoodsStokes County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1House WrenMonteith Farmstead Park
 David ClappJackson County hotspot info checklist
1Spotted Sandpiper Jordan Lake SRA--Ebenezer Point
 Lucas BobayChatham County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1House WrenJackson Park
 Kevin BurkeHenderson County hotspot info checklist
1Glaucous Gull Cape Hatteras National Seashore
 Greg HudsonDare County map checklist Photo available

South Carolina notable sightings

December 9

1Common MerganserForest Lake Causeway
 Shawn Smolen-MortonFlorence County map checklist
1Western Tanager Private Residence (Fort Mill)
 Stephen ThomasYork County map checklist Photo available

December 8

1Western KingbirdVermilion Flycatcher Stakeout,Georgetown (2017)
 Steve PattersonGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Western KingbirdVermilion Flycatcher Stakeout,Georgetown (2017)
 Debra PattersonGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Black-headed GullGeorgetown WTP (no public access)
 Carl MillerGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Black-headed GullGeorgetown WTP (no public access)
 Catherine MillerGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Cave SwallowHuntington Beach SP
 chris contakosGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Black-headed GullGeorgetown WTP (no public access)
 Steve PattersonGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Black-headed GullGeorgetown WTP (no public access)
 Debra PattersonGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Cave SwallowHuntington Beach State Park
 kathy hartGeorgetown County map checklist
9American Black DuckSantee NWR--Cuddo Unit
 Rebecca JordanClarendon County hotspot info checklist

December 7

1Black-headed GullGeorgetown WTP (no public access)
 Donna DonnellyGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Black-headed GullGeorgetown WTP (no public access)
 Harold DonnellyGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Western Kingbird 1400 Harrelson St, Georgetown US-SC (33.3538,-79.2960)
 Dennis ForsytheGeorgetown County map checklist Photo available
1Common MerganserForest Lake Causeway
 Shawn Smolen-MortonFlorence County map checklist Photo available
1Cave SwallowHuntington Beach SP--Mullet Pond
 Dennis ForsytheGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Northern Rough-winged SwallowLake Busbee
 John HutchensHorry County hotspot info checklist Photo available

December 6

1Common MerganserForest Lake Causeway
 Shawn Smolen-MortonFlorence County map checklist Photo available
1Say's Phoebe Clemson University--Simpson Research Station
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Black-headed Gull Georgetown WTP (no public access)
 Charles DonnellyGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist Photo available
8American White Pelican Taw Caw Creek Park
 Rebecca JordanClarendon County hotspot info checklist Photo available

December 5

1American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Yves LimpalairGreenville County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Western Kingbird Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex
 Mark VukovichGeorgetown County map checklist Photo available
1Western Kingbird Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex
 David McLeanGeorgetown County map checklist Photo available
1Western Kingbird Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex
 Andy HarrisonGeorgetown County map checklist Photo available
1Lincoln's Sparrow South Carolina Botanical Gardens
 Harold DonnellyPickens County hotspot info checklist
11Sandhill CraneSantee NWR
 Vickie BellClarendon County hotspot info checklist
1American Bittern Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Max BolinGreenville County hotspot info checklist

December 4

1Cave Swallow Huntington Beach SP
 Teresa E.Georgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Western Kingbird River Walk Dr, Georgetown US-SC (33.3529,-79.2950)
 Dennis ForsytheGeorgetown County map checklist
1American Redstart Savannah NWR--Laurel Hill Wildlife Dr
 Phil McNeilJasper County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Western Kingbird Carroll Campbell Boat Landing, Georgetown US-SC (33.3545,-79.2947)
 Elizabeth AndereggGeorgetown County map checklist Photo available
1Western Kingbird (33.3550,-79.2963)
 Scott SpangenbergGeorgetown County map checklist
1Wilson's Warbler BerkeleyDr
 Linda MontgomeryPickens County map checklist Photo available
1Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)Spence yard
 Barbara SpenceCharleston County map checklist Photo available
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Matt MalinGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Paul SerridgeGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Ritch LillyGreenville County hotspot info checklist Photo available

December 3

1Black-headed Gull Georgetown WTP (no public access)
 Buddy CampbellGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Osprey Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Andrea SchechterGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Andrea SchechterGreenville County hotspot info checklist
2Marsh Wren (griseus) Wiggins
 John FitzpatrickColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Common Goldeneye412 Cherry Road, Clemson, South Carolina, US (34.669, -82.836)
 Hailey MalonePickens County map checklist
1Northern Saw-whet Owl412 Cherry Road, Clemson, South Carolina, US (34.669, -82.836)
 Hailey MalonePickens County map checklist
1Prairie Warbler412 Cherry Road, Clemson, South Carolina, US (34.669, -82.836)
 Hailey MalonePickens County map checklist
1Southern Black-Flycatcher412 Cherry Road, Clemson, South Carolina, US (34.669, -82.836)
 Hailey MalonePickens County map checklist
2Red-cockaded Woodpecker Santee Experimental Forest
 Andy HarrisonBerkeley County map checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Joan BakerGreenville County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Simon HarveyGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Robert ZickusGreenville County hotspot info checklist Photo available
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Gary HarbourGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Osprey Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Paul SerridgeGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Paul SerridgeGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Ross's Goose Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Michael RobertsonGreenville County hotspot info checklist Photo available


The Carolina Bird Club Rare Bird Alert has been discontinued. A historical archive of the Rare Bird Alerts from 2003 to 2008 is online.