Carolina Young Birders Club

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Taking Field Notes

Posted by Martina on December 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone! I've been thinking about making a blog post and might as well get around to doing it. I wanted to talk about field notes and notebooks, an idea inspired by one of the modules you have to take to become ABA Young Birder of the year! I don't really plan on signing up just yet, but maybe you will.


Anyways, I like the idea of keeping notes in a notebook and reflecting on them later (like for a long car ride). In my notebook, it's mainly checklists of birds after a ...

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Creating a Backyard Bird Habitat

Posted by Matt on October 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Optimizing your habitat for the birds is always a fun experience.  Frequently soon after your modifications you will witness a marked increase in wildlife activity in your yard.  Projects can range from free to expensive, requiring space or minute, and time-consuming to only a few minutes.

Birds need 3 major things which you can provide for in your yard, and if you do, will increase the numbers of birds seen!

Water- millions of Americans feed wild birds but few realize t...

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The Forgotten Ones

Posted by Matt on September 8, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

As national media makes coverage of the centennial of the Passenger Pigeon's extinction on September 1st, and the general public is reintroduced to the pantheon of extinct North American birds, us birders always seem to recall the "forgotten ones": those extinct birds that seem to get no exposure nowadays outside of the birding community.  The Ivory-billed Woodpecker became a folk hero several years ago when it was "rediscovered" in the Cache River of Arkansas.  The Heath Hen story ...

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A Young Birders Camp

Posted by Matt on August 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Everyone! Hope you are staying cool and finding lots of new birds this summer!

Since Summer means no more school for a couple months, it's the ideal time for young birders to travel to different destinations within the region or around the world.  At first you may look at your limitations: budget, time, family obligations, etc.  But not to worry, if you want to have a birding adventure during the summer, you need to look no farther than a slew of summer camps around the cou...

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Sighting a Swamp Warbler

Posted by Matt on June 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Sprites, legend has it, are usually seen at unexpected times, popping out of dark forests and dreary swamps and frightening innocent passerby.

I believe the Golden Swamp (Prothonotary) Warbler to be an avian sprite.  Their brilliant colors, secretive hideouts in places few people roam, and their "here now, gone in a second" behavior gives them an existence as one of birding's most prized sightings, one generally well worked for, with diehards traversing through mud, swatting hordes...

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Spring Migration

Posted by Matt on April 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

The spring migration is now underway!  Vireos, orioles, warblers, tanagers, swallows, hummingbirds, flycatchers, thrushes, and more have begun pouring into the Carolinas, exhausted from a journey thousands of miles long from their winter abodes in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.  The ruby-throated hummingbird, for example, weighing the same as 5 paperclips or less, undertakes a 500 mile, 20 hour non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula ...

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Year Listing

Posted by Matt on February 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (4)

This year, I finally began keeping up with a year list.  Several other birders I met keep year lists as a measurement of how many bird species they see in one year.  Year listing makes birding a lot more fun in my opinion.  Every year you can start with a clean slate, and each new bird, regardless of whether you have seen it before, is almost as special as a new life bird!  January and February prove to be some of the most fun birding of all, and December can be frantic tr...

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Urban Youth Birding

Posted by Matt on January 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week I was privileged enough to volunteer at Billingsville Elementary School in the inner city of Charlotte, NC.  I taught the grade schoolers about the birds that came to their feeders that were set up by their teacher.  We also talked about the 3 basics to identifying birds: size, shape, and plumage coloration.  Most of the students were very interested.  They were able to identify many of the feeder birds and had located a hornet's nest in a crabapple tree in the c...

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Snowy Owl Sensation

Posted by Matt on December 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

As the official start of winter approaches, Carolina birders have been treated to some early Holiday surprises: several snowy owls across the region! Most notable was the owl present at Cape Point in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Buxton, NC. It appeared Thanksgiving week and continued for many days afterward, rewarding many birders who slogged out to the Outer Banks great views of an elusive northern visitor, and, for many, with a check mark on the life list! (Some birders were also able t...

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November 12th, 2013

Posted by Matt on November 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (5)

As unusually early Snow and Ice blows through much of North Carolina tonight and parts of South Carolina I am reminded of the exciting winter birding coming our way.  Waterfowl have begun making their appearances, including Eurasian Wigeons at the Outer Banks and other nice sightings.  Before long the swans will be returning to their wintering sites throughout parts of the Carolinas.  Also sparrow sightings have been on the upswing, including a nice Vesper sighting by our very ...

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