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 approval. Only those sightings with a check mark by the species name have so far been approved; others are pending approval.

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North Carolina notable sightings

September 24

1Warbling VireoDuck Park Boardwalk
 Audrey WhitlockDare County hotspot info checklist

September 23

1Kentucky WarblerBlue Ridge Pkwy--Mills River Valley Overlook
 Vicky BurkeHaywood County hotspot info checklist
1Northern GoshawkBlue Ridge Parkway--Osborne Mtn Overlook
 Guy McGraneWatauga County map checklist
1Yellow-bellied FlycatcherHowerton Rd
 Matt WangerinGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1AnhingaNew Bern Water Reclamation Quarry
 Chandra BiggerstaffCraven County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-bellied FlycatcherBurnt Mill Creek
 Sam CooperNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
1AnhingaGlenburnie Quarry, New Bern, North Carolina, US (35.136, -77.08)
 Ronnie HewletteCraven County map checklist
1AnhingaNew Bern (restricted access)
 Christine Stoughton RootCraven County map checklist
1AnhingaNew Bern (restricted access)
 Pauline SterinCraven County map checklist
1Ruff 450–498 Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort US-NC (34.7513,-76.6412)
 Steve McInnisCarteret County map checklist
1Ruff 450–498 Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort US-NC (34.7513,-76.6412)
 Susan MacCarteret County map checklist

September 22

1White IbisJordan Lake--New Hope Creek arm (Chatham Co)
 Mark KosiewskiChatham County hotspot info checklist
1Little Blue HeronUpper L. Norman Cove (Catawba Co)
 Monroe PannellCatawba County map checklist
1Ruff Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort
 Sam JollyCarteret County map checklist
1Ruff Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort
 Lucas BobayCarteret County map checklist
1Evening GrosbeakBlue Ridge Parkway--Osborne Mtn Overlook
 Debbie ShetterlyWatauga County map checklist
1Warbling Vireo Bass Lake (Wake Co.)
 Josh SouthernWake County hotspot info checklist
1Ruff 410 Taylorwood Dr.Beaufort US-NC (34.7526,-776.6416),
 ed dombrofskiCarteret County map checklist
11Wilson's PloverNC-ISS-Plot 13
 John FussellCarteret County map checklist
1Acadian FlycatcherHistoric Bethabara Park--Lower Trails
 John HaireForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Common GallinuleMackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Knotts Island US-NC (36.5079,-75.9640)
 Charlie BruggemannCurrituck County map checklist
2Least FlycatcherPrice Park--Highwoods Trail & Collection Pond
 Matt WangerinGuilford County hotspot info checklist
2Least FlycatcherPrice Park--Highwoods Trail & Collection Pond
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-bellied FlycatcherBriar Chapel Trail
 Mark KosiewskiChatham County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Towhee (White-eyed)Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist

September 21

1Lark Sparrow Bodie Island--Coquina Beach
 maggie perettoDare County hotspot info checklist
1Ruff 410 Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort US-NC (34.7526,-76.6416)
 Marbry HopkinsCarteret County map checklist
1Yellow-bellied Flycatcher RibbonWalk Nature Preserve
 Matthew JansonMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Ruff 422 Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort US-NC (34.7525,-76.6429)
 Martin WallCarteret County map checklist

September 20

1Little Blue Heron Clyde road lake Norman private property
 Monroe PannellCatawba County map checklist
4White Ibis Clyde road lake Norman private property
 Monroe PannellCatawba County map checklist
1Yellow-bellied FlycatcherReedy Creek Nature Preserve
 Robert GilsonMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Ruff 420 Taylorwood Drive, Beaufort, North Carolina, US (34.752, -76.643)
 Josh SouthernCarteret County map checklist
1Roseate Spoonbill Jordan Lake--Morgan Creek arm (seasonal mudflats)
 Derek HudginsChatham County hotspot info checklist
1White-crowned Sparrow William B. Umstead SP
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Acadian Flycatcher Historic Bethabara Park--Lower Trails
 David DisherForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Acadian Flycatcher Historic Bethabara Park--Lower Trails
 Marbry HopkinsForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Acadian Flycatcher Historic Bethabara Park--Lower Trails
 Susan DisherForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Ruff North River Golf Club, South end
 lester cobleCarteret County map checklist
1Ruff 200–218 Taylorwood Dr, Beaufort US-NC (34.7606,-76.6389)
 Chandra BiggerstaffCarteret County map checklist
1Ruff 227–241 Taylor Farm Rd, Beaufort US-NC (34.7515,-76.6429)
 Jamie AdamsCarteret County map checklist
1Dickcissel Howerton Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1White-winged Dove Pea Island NWR--Old Coast Guard Station
 Audrey WhitlockDare County hotspot info checklist
1White-winged Dove Pea Island NWR--Old Coast Guard Station
 Al HooksDare County hotspot info checklist

September 19

1Ruff North River Golf Course
 kathleen o'gradyCarteret County map checklist
1Red Crossbill Donald Barrier Road
 Barbara StewmanBurke County map checklist
1Wood Stork Jordan Lake--New Hope Creek arm (Chatham Co)
 Rick PayneChatham County hotspot info checklist
1Least Tern NC-ISS-8
 gilbert grantOnslow County map checklist
1Dickcissel Howerton Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Sedge Wren Howerton Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Roseate Spoonbill Jordan Lake--Morgan Creek arm (seasonal mudflats)
 Rick PayneChatham County hotspot info checklist

September 18

1Ruff North River Golf Club (Restricted)
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Winter Wren Durant Nature Preserve
 Geneva PigottWake County hotspot info checklist
1Black-billed Cuckoo Six Mile Creek Greenway
 John ScavettoMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Roseate Spoonbill Jordan Lake--Morgan Creek arm (seasonal mudflats)
 Robin MyersChatham County hotspot info checklist
1Black-billed Cuckoo Six Mile Creek Greenway
 Dennis KentMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
4Evening GrosbeakBlue Ridge Pkwy--Mahogany Rock Overlook
 Tony-Cara WoodsAlleghany County hotspot info checklist
1Gray-cheeked Thrush Airlie Gardens
 Sherry LaneNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
1Philadelphia Vireo Airlie Gardens
 Sherry LaneNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
1Willow Flycatcher New Light, 1601-1625 Boyce Bridge Road
 Ed CoreyWake County map checklist
2Wilson's Warbler Price Park--Highwoods Trail & Collection Pond
 Matt WangerinGuilford County hotspot info checklist
2Wilson's Warbler Price Park--Highwoods Trail & Collection Pond
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist

September 17

2Rusty Blackbird117 Sam East Lane, Harkers Island, North Carolina, US (34.693, -76.558)
 Lee LoncoskyCarteret County map checklist
1Snowy Egret Lake Surf (restricted access)
 Yvette HaughneyMoore County hotspot info checklist
1Snowy Egret Lake Surf (restricted access)
 Mike StewartMoore County hotspot info checklist
2Red Crossbill Camp Creek
 Thomas McNeilBurke County hotspot info checklist
2Red Crossbill Camp Creek
 Cathy McNeilBurke County hotspot info checklist
1White-rumped Sandpiper Lake Wheeler marshes
 Lucas BobayWake County hotspot info checklist
1Wilson's Warbler Price Park--Highwoods Trail & Collection Pond
 Matt WangerinGuilford County hotspot info checklist

South Carolina notable sightings

September 24

1Mississippi KiteBeaverdam Creek WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist

September 23

1Cliff Swallow St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
 David GardnerCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Kingbird Arby's by Sam's Club in Florence
 Mac WilliamsFlorence County map checklist
1Peregrine Falcon Sassafras Mountain
 Caroline EastmanPickens County hotspot info checklist
1Reddish Egret Kiawah East Beach
 Juliana SmithCharleston County hotspot info checklist

September 22

1Eastern Kingbird South Carolina Botanical Gardens
 Paul SerridgePickens County hotspot info checklist

September 21

4Red-cockaded Woodpecker Carolina Sandhills NWR
 Mac WilliamsChesterfield County hotspot info checklist
1Long-billed DowitcherSavannah Spoil Site: Area 14B (Restricted Access)
 Robin ArmettaJasper County hotspot info checklist
1Long-billed DowitcherSavannah Spoil Site: Area 14B (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Whip-poor-willHawe Creek (Lake Thurmond)
 Kevin KubachMcCormick County map checklist

September 20

1Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) Caesar's Head State Park
 Yves LimpalairGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Peregrine Falcon Caesar's Head State Park
 Yves LimpalairGreenville County hotspot info checklist

September 19

1Ruby-crowned Kinglet167 Trotters Loop
 Buddy CampbellBeaufort County map checklist
3Red-cockaded Woodpecker Hoover Road, Francis Marion National Forest
 bob dellingerBerkeley County hotspot info checklist
1Ruby-crowned KingletBoyd Pond Park
 Peter StangelAiken County hotspot info checklist
2Eastern Whip-poor-willWilson Creek (Lake Russell)
 Kevin KubachAbbeville County map checklist
3Black ScoterUS-SC-Murrells Inlet (33.5299,-79.0403)
 Keenan FreitasGeorgetown County map checklist
3Common EiderUS-SC-Murrells Inlet (33.5299,-79.0403)
 Keenan FreitasGeorgetown County map checklist
XLeast TernUS-SC-Murrells Inlet (33.5299,-79.0403)
 Keenan FreitasGeorgetown County map checklist

September 18

1American Black DuckDonnelley WMA (partial fall and winter restricted access)
 Steve RhodesColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Mississippi Kite Lake Conestee Nature Park
 Jo Anne KeaslerGreenville County hotspot info checklist

September 17

1Clay-colored Sparrow Patriots Point - old brush pile location
 Elizabeth AndereggCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Clay-colored Sparrow Patriots Point - old brush pile location
 Jeff KlineCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Orchard OriolePatriots Point - old brush pile location
 Elizabeth AndereggCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Clay-colored Sparrow Patriot's Point
 Christopher DaviesCharleston County hotspot info checklist


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