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

April 25

2Mandarin DuckLake Tomahawk
 james polingBuncombe County hotspot info checklist
1Winter Wren Guilford County - Manson Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County map checklist
1Red-cockaded Woodpecker Carvers Creek SP--Long Valley Farm (Harnett Co.)
 Mike StewartHarnett County hotspot info checklist
1Red-cockaded Woodpecker Carvers Creek SP--Long Valley Farm (Harnett Co.)
 Yvette HaughneyHarnett County hotspot info checklist
1Arctic Tern Falls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Lucas BobayWake County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 LynnErla BeegleWake County hotspot info checklist
7Red-breasted Merganser Lake Crabtree County Park
 WS BarbourWake County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 Natalie BarbourWake County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 WS BarbourWake County hotspot info checklist
7Red-breasted Merganser Lake Crabtree County Park
 Natalie BarbourWake County hotspot info checklist
7Red-breasted Merganser Lake Crabtree County Park
 Ed CoreyWake County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 Ed CoreyWake County hotspot info checklist
1Marsh WrenBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Martha CutlerWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 Kevin HudsonWake County hotspot info checklist
1Evening Grosbeak EVGB
 Tony-Cara WoodsRockingham County map checklist
1Short-billed DowitcherLake Crabtree County Park
 steve shultzWake County hotspot info checklist
7Red-breasted Merganser Lake Crabtree County Park
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 Roger ShawWake County hotspot info checklist
1Arctic TernFalls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Kyle KittelbergerWake County hotspot info checklist
1Red-breasted MerganserFalls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Kyle KittelbergerWake County hotspot info checklist
1Painted Bunting Wilson Educational Forest
 Ann BriceWilson County hotspot info checklist
1Common TernFalls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Kyle KittelbergerWake County hotspot info checklist
1Marsh WrenBoone Greenway Trail
 Wilcox FamilyWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Bufflehead Goldsboro Wastewater Treatment Plant
 lester cobleWayne County hotspot info checklist
8Red-necked PhalaropeGoldsboro Wastewater Treatment Plant
 lester cobleWayne County hotspot info checklist
1Marsh WrenBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Steve DowlanWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Arctic Tern Falls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Ed CoreyWake County hotspot info checklist
2Red-breasted Merganser Falls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Ed CoreyWake County hotspot info checklist
1Common Tern Falls Lake--Sandling Beach
 Ed CoreyWake County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied PloverHooper Lane
 Ron SelveyHenderson County hotspot info checklist
1Laughing GullLake Hickory--Oxford Access Area
 Dwayne MartinCatawba County hotspot info checklist
1Laughing GullLake Hickory--Oxford Access Area
 Lori OwenbyCatawba County hotspot info checklist
1Bonaparte's Gull Waves soundfront
 Karen LebingDare County map checklist
1Blackpoll Warbler Morehead City
 John FussellCarteret County map checklist

April 24

1Little Blue HeronBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Wilcox FamilyWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Sedge WrenBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Wilcox FamilyWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed Dowitcher Lake Crabtree County Park
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Willet Lake Crabtree County Park
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Painted Bunting NEW HOME - Southern Shores
 James GouldDare County map checklist
1Little Blue HeronBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Martha CutlerWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Marsh WrenBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Martha CutlerWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Evening Grosbeak EVGB
 Tony-Cara WoodsRockingham County map checklist
1Willet Lake Crabtree County Park
 Eddie OwensWake County hotspot info checklist
1Little Blue HeronBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Guy McGraneWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Sedge WrenBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Guy McGraneWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Marsh WrenBrookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Guy McGraneWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Willet Lake Crabtree County Park
 WS BarbourWake County hotspot info checklist
1Swallow-tailed Kite Jamestown Rd
 Michael SolleChatham County map checklist
1Cattle Egret stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Joe DonahueAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Leitner Drive/Holiday Inn Express Wetlands
 Dennis KentMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Leitner Drive/Holiday Inn Express Wetlands
 John ScavettoMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist

April 23

1American Golden-PloverFort Fisher SRA--Spit (New Hanover Co.)
 Jamie AdamsNew Hanover County hotspot info checklist
3Swallow-tailed KiteGovernors Road
 Jamie AdamsBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated PloverSmith Lake
 Mike StewartCumberland County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated PloverSmith Lake
 Yvette HaughneyCumberland County hotspot info checklist
1Sedge Wren Calvary Church grounds
 Taylor PiephoffMecklenburg County map checklist
1Sedge Wren US-NC-Charlotte-5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd - 35.0815x-80.8179
 Greg HaysMecklenburg County map checklist
1Sedge Wren Calvary Church grounds
 Mecklenburg AudubonMecklenburg County map checklist
1Eurasian Collared-Dove Fox Bottoms Road
 Jason ThieleIredell County map checklist
6Red-cockaded Woodpecker Croatan NF--Millis Rd. Savanna
 Lee AdamsCarteret County hotspot info checklist
6Red-cockaded Woodpecker Croatan NF--Millis Rd. Savanna
 Peggy EubankCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Rusty Blackbird McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Ponds
 Mecklenburg AudubonMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Rusty Blackbird McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Ponds
 Roger MoyerMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Rusty Blackbird McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Ponds
 Matthew JansonMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
2Bonaparte's Gull Buckhorn Reservoir
 Ricky DavisWilson County hotspot info checklist
2Dunlin Short Dog Drive
 Jason ThieleIredell County map checklist
1Horned GrebeOcean Isle Beach Wastewater Reclamation Facility
 Sam CooperBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Horned GrebeOcean Isle Beach Wastewater Reclamation Facility
 Jerzy SmyklaBrunswick County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Leitner Drive/Holiday Inn Express Wetlands
 Roger MoyerMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Leitner Drive/Holiday Inn Express Wetlands
 Matthew JansonMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Leitner Drive/Holiday Inn Express Wetlands
 Mecklenburg AudubonMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Swallow-tailed KiteNorth River Farms (permission required)
 John FussellCarteret County hotspot info checklist
4Red-breasted Merganser Emerald Point Dr
 Mecklenburg AudubonMecklenburg County map checklist
4Red-breasted Merganser Emerald Point Dr
 Jeff LemonsMecklenburg County map checklist
4Red-cockaded Woodpecker Croatan NF--Millis Rd. Savanna
 Ryan DouglasCarteret County hotspot info checklist

April 22

1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Martin WallAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Sedge Wren Brookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Wilcox FamilyWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Sedge Wren Brookshire Park--Loop and Greenway
 Guy McGraneWatauga County hotspot info checklist
3Red-breasted Merganser Falls Lake--Rolling View
 Chad PumpellyDurham County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duckstakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Roger MoyerAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Will CookAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Carol CunninghamAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Ouida CunninghamAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Bufflehead Roanoke Rapids Lake--Vultare access
 Ricky DavisNorthampton County hotspot info checklist
1Painted Bunting Wilson Educational Forest
 Ann BriceWilson County hotspot info checklist
1Swallow-tailed Kite Black River - Wildcat Road to Dr. Kerr Rd.
 Howard FergusonSampson County map checklist
1Lesser Black-backed Gull Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 steve shultzWake County hotspot info checklist
1Stilt Sandpiper Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 steve shultzWake County hotspot info checklist
1Sandhill Crane Grandview Lane
 Ron SelveyHenderson County map checklist
1Acadian Flycatcher Andy Cove Trail
 Gary & Kathy HarrisTransylvania County map checklist
1Lincoln's Sparrow Historic Bethabara Park
 Bill GiffordForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Laughing Gull Harris Lake--NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd.
 Ed CoreyWake County hotspot info checklist
1Laughing Gull Harris Lake--NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd.
 Lucas BobayWake County hotspot info checklist
1Laughing Gull Harris Lake--NE of New Hill-Holleman Rd.
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Black-throated Blue Warbler 3257 Janiero Road
 Eric SibbaldPamlico County map checklist

April 21

1Warbling Vireo Penley Blvd and Little Property
 monroe pannellCatawba County map checklist
1Black-capped Chickadee Great Smoky Mountains NP--Spruce-Fir Trail
 Brent OrtegoSwain County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated Plover Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Kevin HudsonWake County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 N. Lane OldhamAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Swallow-tailed Kite 17 210 intersection
 Nell MooreOnslow County map checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Constance GrinerAlamance County hotspot info checklist
3Virginia Rail Walnut Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant Wetland
 Jesse AndersonStokes County hotspot info checklist
1Painted Bunting Wilson Educational Forest
 Ann BriceWilson County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Bruce YoungAlamance County hotspot info checklist

April 20

1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Al HooksAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Kent FialaAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Josh SouthernAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Black-bellied Whistling Duck
 Tony-Cara WoodsAlamance County map checklist
1Little Blue Heron Colonel Francis Beatty Park
 John ScavettoMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated Plover Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Jean EllsWake County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated Plover Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Neil SkoogWake County hotspot info checklist
1Little Blue Heron Colonel Francis Beatty Park
 Dennis KentMecklenburg County hotspot info checklist
1Nashville Warbler Reynolda
 John HaireForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Bay-breasted Warbler Brevard Hike & Bike Path--Hospital Fields
 clifton averyTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Bay-breasted Warbler Brevard Hike & Bike Path--Hospital Fields
 Jamie HarrelsonTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Bay-breasted Warbler Brevard Hike & Bike Path--Hospital Fields
 Chris KellyTransylvania County hotspot info checklist

April 19

1Semipalmated Plover Lake Crabtree Nature Trail--Southport Entrance
 Eddie OwensWake County hotspot info checklist
1Warbling Vireo Penley Blvd and Little Property
 monroe pannellCatawba County map checklist
4Forster's Tern Paschal "Pat" W. Swann Water Treatment Plant
 Derek HudginsForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Marbry HopkinsAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 David DisherAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Susan DisherAlamance County hotspot info checklist
3Black-capped Chickadee US-North Carolina-Ivy Hill - 35.552x-83.123 - Apr 19, 2017 1:40 PM
 Chris KellyHaywood County map checklist
1Eurasian Collared-Dove US-NC-Fuquay Varina-5024 Hanna Ln
 Bob RatledgeWake County map checklist
4Forster's Tern Paschal "Pat" W. Swann Water Treatment Plant
 John HaireForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated Plover Lake Adger
 Kevin BurkePolk County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated Plover Lake Adger
 Ventures BirdingPolk County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Neil SkoogAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Kent DavisAlamance County hotspot info checklist
1Red-breasted Merganser Swepsonville River Park- 2472 Boy Wood Rd
 WS BarbourAlamance County map checklist
1Red-breasted Merganser Swepsonville River Park- 2472 Boy Wood Rd
 Natalie BarbourAlamance County map checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck US-NC-Elon-633-701 Millpointe Way - 36.0894x-79.4980
 Nate SwickAlamance County map checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck US-NC-Elon-338 S Antioch Ave - 36.0940x-79.4978
 Natalie BarbourAlamance County map checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck US-NC-Elon-338 S Antioch Ave - 36.0940x-79.4978
 WS BarbourAlamance County map checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Winsor Way Elon NC
 Susan HarderAlamance County map checklist
2Painted Bunting Williston Creek
 Chandra BiggerstaffCarteret County map checklist
1Black-bellied Whistling-Duck stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Elon (2017)
 Jesse AndersonAlamance County hotspot info checklist

South Carolina notable sightings

April 25

2Red-cockaded WoodpeckerHitchcock Woods
 Gary SmithAiken County hotspot info checklist
1Caspian Tern Lake Cunningham
 Michael RobertsonGreenville County hotspot info checklist
1Caspian Tern Clemson University/SCDNR--Cherry Farm
 Kevin KubachPickens County hotspot info checklist

April 24

3Roseate Spoonbill Pinckney Island NWR
 Peter CramBeaufort County hotspot info checklist

April 23

2Roseate Spoonbill Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Catherine MillerColleton County hotspot info checklist
2Roseate Spoonbill Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Carl MillerColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Ruby-crowned KingletRoxbury Park
 Jim RossCharleston County hotspot info checklist
2Glossy IbisSantee NWR -- Pine Island Unit (fall and winter restricted access)
 Rebecca JordanClarendon County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) Aiken State Natural Area
 Gary SmithAiken County hotspot info checklist
2Red-cockaded Woodpecker Webb Wildlife Center
 Leslie WeichselHampton County hotspot info checklist
2Red-cockaded Woodpecker Webb Wildlife Center
 Mary Lou DicksonHampton County hotspot info checklist

April 22

1Eastern Phoebe Donnelley WMA (partial fall and winter restricted access)
 Nate ShipleyColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Phoebe Donnelley WMA (partial fall and winter restricted access)
 Tom AustinColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Donnelley WMA (partial fall and winter restricted access)
 Ray SwagertyColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Donnelley WMA (partial fall and winter restricted access)
 Ed BlitchColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Black Scoter Litchfield Beach--South
 Jay GambleGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Black Scoter Litchfield Beach--South
 Catherine GambleGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Hyde Park Rd
 Andy HarrisonCharleston County map checklist
4Roseate Spoonbill Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Tom AustinColleton County hotspot info checklist
4Roseate Spoonbill Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Nate ShipleyColleton County hotspot info checklist
2Red-cockaded Woodpecker Carolina Sandhills NWR
 Barry DayChesterfield County hotspot info checklist
4Roseate Spoonbill Bear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Christopher DaviesColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Scarlet Tanager West Ashley Greenway--MP 8-6.5
 Lorenzo KleineCharleston County map checklist
1Least FlycatcherParents Home
 mark porterGreenville County map checklist
2Yellow-breasted Chat Hyde Park Rd.
 Ray SwagertyCharleston County map checklist
2Yellow-breasted Chat Hyde Park Rd.
 Ed BlitchCharleston County map checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Seabrook Island--North Beach
 Melanie JeromeCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Seabrook Island--North Beach
 Nancy & Flo Brown/FoleyCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Seabrook Island--North Beach
 Aija KonradCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Seabrook Island--North Beach
 Judy MorrCharleston County hotspot info checklist

April 21

1Roseate SpoonbillBear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Caroline EastmanColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Phoebe Francis Marion FS 211
 Elizabeth AndereggCharleston County map checklist
1Ring-necked Duck US-South Carolina-Bennettsville-Willamette Road - 34.586x-79.771
 Steve PattersonMarlboro County map checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Seabrook Island - Bobcat Dunes Nature Walk
 Aija KonradCharleston County hotspot info checklist
2Caspian Tern Oak Grove Lake, Greenville, SC
 Kevin KubachGreenville County hotspot info checklist

April 20

1Yellow-breasted Chat Hyde Park Road
 Ann ShahidCharleston County map checklist
1Yellow-breasted Chat Hyde Park Road
 Cherrie SneedCharleston County map checklist
1Orange-crowned Warbler Rocky River Nature Park
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist

April 19

2Red-cockaded Woodpecker Carolina Sandhills NWR
 Justin HiltnerChesterfield County hotspot info checklist
1Black Scoter Murrells Inlet Jetty
 Barry DayGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
2Common Eider Murrells Inlet Jetty
 Barry DayGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Royal Tern Daniel Island Waterfront Park
 Edward PattenBerkeley 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.