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

July 22

2DickcisselPrivate Property-2810 Old Mountain Rd
 monroe pannellIredell County map checklist
1Eurasian Collared-DovePrivate Property-2810 Old Mountain Rd
 monroe pannellIredell County map checklist
2Dickcissel Baldwin Rd. (Guilford Co.)
 Jeffrey GrecoGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Dickcissel Howerton Rd
 Jeffrey GrecoGuilford County hotspot info checklist
2White Ibis Lake Brandt--Palmetto Trail
 Matt WangerinGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Snowy EgretOld Kernersville Lake Park
 Rob RogersForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Snowy EgretOld Kernersville Lake Park
 Mike ConwayForsyth County hotspot info checklist

July 21

1Snowy Egret Old Kernersville Lake Park
 Shelley RutkinForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Snowy Egret Old Kernersville Lake Park
 Derek HudginsForsyth County hotspot info checklist
1Snowy Egret 313 Susanna Drive
 Marbry HopkinsForsyth County map checklist
1Snowy Egret 313 Susanna Drive
 Nathan GattoForsyth County map checklist
1Snowy Egret 313 Susanna Drive
 Sarah GattoForsyth County map checklist
1Snowy Egret Old Kernersville Lake Park
 Marbry HopkinsForsyth County hotspot info checklist
4Great Black-backed GullCedar Island Ferry Terminal
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Black SkimmerHatteras Pelagic--nearshore waters
 Kate SutherlandDare County hotspot info checklist
1Northern GannetHatteras Pelagic--nearshore waters
 Kate SutherlandDare County hotspot info checklist

July 20

1Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Snowy EgretSalem Lake
 Tory PeggForsyth County map checklist
2Black-capped Chickadee Richland Balsam
 John KoonHaywood County hotspot info checklist
1Black-chinned Hummingbird158 Mardella Way, Holly Ridge US-NC (34.4797,-77.5164)
 Tommi AllenOnslow County map checklist
1Sora Valle Crucis Community Park
 Dwayne MartinWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Jeffrey BlalockCarteret County hotspot info checklist
4Great Black-backed Gull Cedar Island Ferry Terminal
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Black Skimmer Hatteras Pelagic--nearshore waters
 Kate SutherlandDare County hotspot info checklist

July 19

1Northern Gannet 296 E First St, Ocean Isle Beach US-NC (33.8931,-78.4119)
 monroe pannellBrunswick County map checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Natalie BarbourCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 WS BarbourCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Reddish Egret East Shackleford Banks
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Great Shearwater NC-ISS-Plot 49
 gilbert grantOnslow County map checklist
1Lesser Black-backed GullNC-ISS-Plot 49
 gilbert grantOnslow County map checklist

July 18

2Sora US-North Carolina-Sugar Grove-Valle Crucis Park Loop - 36.211x-81.776 - Jul 18, 2017 5:10 PM
 Judi SawyerWatauga County map checklist
2Sora Valle Crucis Community Park
 Richard PauletteWatauga County hotspot info checklist
2Sora Valle Crucis Community Park
 Guy McGraneWatauga County hotspot info checklist
2Sora Valle Crucis Community Park
 sheryl mcnairWatauga County hotspot info checklist
1Red-cockaded Woodpecker Croatan National Forest, Nine mile rd
 Hugo CobosCarteret County map checklist
2Hooded Merganser Ecusta Pond (private)
 Claire HerzogTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
2Hooded Merganser Ecusta Pond (private)
 Mike JuddTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
2Hooded Merganser Ecusta Pond (private)
 Michael PlauchéTransylvania County hotspot info checklist
1Anhinga Lake Ansley C. Moore
 Tracy FeldmanScotland County hotspot info checklist
1Great Black-backed Gull Carteret - Radio Island - Marine Road
 Martin WallCarteret County map checklist
3Painted Bunting Carteret - Radio Island - Marine Road
 Martin WallCarteret County map checklist

July 17

2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP
 Steven HowellCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Peregrine Falcon Chimney Rock SP
 Ryan LubbersRutherford County hotspot info checklist
8Great Black-backed Gull Cedar Island Ferry Terminal
 Martin WallCarteret County hotspot info checklist

July 16

1Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Natalie BarbourCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 WS BarbourCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Red-breasted Merganser Pea Island NWR--North Pond
 Scott ReynoldsDare County hotspot info checklist
1Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 monroe pannellCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Swainson's Thrush Home
 clifton averyBurke County map checklist
2Little Blue Heron US-North Carolina-Ellerbe-1378-1382 Millstone Road - 35.038x-79.668
 Susan CampbellRichmond County map checklist
1White Ibis US-North Carolina-Ellerbe-1378-1382 Millstone Road - 35.038x-79.668
 Susan CampbellRichmond County map checklist
2Dickcissel Stevens Mill Rd.--fields south of Neuse Correctional Institute
 David WilliamsWayne County hotspot info checklist
4Pectoral Sandpiper Osceola Lake
 Ron SelveyHenderson County hotspot info checklist
1Black-throated Blue Warbler Blue Ridge Pkwy--Linville Falls
 Al HooksBurke County hotspot info checklist
3American Coot Concord Mills Mall Pond
 Susan CarrollCabarrus County hotspot info checklist
4Horned Lark Pocosin Lakes NWR--Pungo Unit
 Ricky DavisWashington County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Sean LeahyCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 D LloydCarteret County hotspot info checklist
3Dickcissel Baldwin Rd. (Guilford Co.)
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Marsha PateCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Allen BoyntonCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Marsha PateCarteret County hotspot info checklist
1Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) Fort Macon SP--Visitor's Center
 Allen BoyntonCarteret County hotspot info checklist
4Dickcissel Howerton Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
2Chestnut-sided Warbler Blue Ridge Pkwy--Orchard Overlook
 Al HooksMcDowell County hotspot info checklist
1Warbling Vireo Howerton Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County hotspot info checklist
1Dickcissel Guilford County--County Farm Rd
 Andrew ThorntonGuilford County map checklist
1Great Black-backed Gull 3401–3907 Janiero Rd, Arapahoe US-NC (34.9930,-76.7559)
 Christine Stoughton RootPamlico County map checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP
 Yvette HaughneyCarteret County hotspot info checklist
2Shiny Cowbird Fort Macon SP
 Mike StewartCarteret County hotspot info checklist

South Carolina notable sightings

July 22

1Greater YellowlegsDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Reddish EgretHuntington Beach SP
 Frank LawkinsGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
1Greater YellowlegsDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
3Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Greater YellowlegsDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 scott davisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1American PipitDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 scott davisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
7Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 scott davisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 scott davisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 scott davisAnderson County hotspot info checklist

July 21

2Black Scoter Sullivan's Island
 Craig WatsonCharleston County hotspot info checklist
2Black Scoter Sullivan's Island
 Pamela FordCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed DowitcherClemson University--Simpson Research Station
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) Bear Island WMA
 Russell JohnsonColleton County map checklist
2Eastern Towhee (White-eyed) Bear Island WMA
 Lacy JohnsonColleton County map checklist
4Semipalmated Sandpiper Savannah Spoil Site: Area 14A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
10Stilt Sandpiper Savannah Spoil Site: Area 14A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
7Semipalmated Sandpiper Fish Haul Creek Park
 jack colcoloughBeaufort County hotspot info checklist
21Brown Pelican (Atlantic) Fish Haul Creek Park
 jack colcoloughBeaufort County hotspot info checklist
85Semipalmated Sandpiper Savannah Spoil Site: Area 12A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
55American Avocet Savannah Spoil Site: Area 12A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
5Stilt Sandpiper Savannah Spoil Site: Area 12A (Restricted Access)
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
1Short-billed DowitcherClemson University--Simpson Research Station
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist

July 20

1Short-billed DowitcherClemson University--Simpson Research Station
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
3American Avocet Hemingway Sewage Treatment Ponds
 Jay ChandlerWilliamsburg County hotspot info checklist
1Pectoral SandpiperBear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Kristina WheelerColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Pectoral SandpiperBear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Keith McCulloughColleton County hotspot info checklist
1Pectoral SandpiperBear Island WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 Teresa MoodyColleton County hotspot info checklist
3Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Black Scoter DeBordieu
 Edward LandiGeorgetown County map checklist

July 19

4Black Scoter Huntington Beach SP--North Beach
 W. Gareth RasberryGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
2Common Eider Huntington Beach SP--North Beach
 W. Gareth RasberryGeorgetown County hotspot info checklist
8Stilt Sandpiper Hy 17 below spoil site
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
1Wilson's Phalarope Hy 17 below spoil site
 Steve CalverJasper County hotspot info checklist
1Greater YellowlegsDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 Andy NorrisAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
2Pectoral SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
XRed-cockaded Woodpecker Francis Marion NF
 bob dellingerBerkeley County hotspot info checklist

July 18

1Reddish Egret Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island
 Edward LandiCharleston County hotspot info checklist
6Western Sandpiper Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island
 Edward LandiCharleston County hotspot info checklist
1Semipalmated SandpiperCape Romain NWR--Bulls Island
 Edward LandiCharleston County hotspot info checklist
5Little Blue HeronBeaverdam Creek WMA (fall and winter restricted access)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
3Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Solitary Sandpiper (solitaria)Dobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist

July 16

1Common Ground-Dove Orangeburg Sod Farms (sensitive site)
 Matt MalinOrangeburg County hotspot info checklist
1Reddish EgretPitt Street Causeway
 bob dellingerCharleston County hotspot info checklist
5Least SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
3Little Blue HeronDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson County hotspot info checklist
1Solitary SandpiperDobbins Farm, Townville SC (sensitive site - respect farm operations)
 George McHenryAnderson 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.