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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.

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Fishing Creek Reservoir

Robin Carter


From Exit 55 of I-77 go east on SC 97 for 8 miles to the junction with US 21 northbound. Here turn left (north) on US 21 and go about a mile to the Fishing Creek Access boat launch area.

Birds to look for

Canada Goose, Mallard, Lesser Scaup (w), Bufflehead (w), Red-breasted Merganser (w), Common Loon (w), Horned Grebe (w), Osprey (m), Bald Eagle, American Coot (w), Spotted Sandpiper (m), Bonaparte's Gull (w), Ring-billed Gull (w), Caspian Tern (m), Black Tern (late summer), Cliff Swallow (s)


From Fishing Creek Access you can easily overlook a great deal of the reservoir, which is an impoundment on the Catawba River. There are often large numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls present in winter.

A visit to Fishing Creek Reservoir is easily combined with a visit to nearby Landsford Canal State Park.

Rarities seen from Fishing Creek Access include Long-billed Murrelet.


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