Birds of Ocracoke: The Red-breasted Nuthatch, an irruptive fella

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  By Peter Vankevich Starting in the early fall and into the early spring, on...

Birds of Ocracoke: The American Bittern, a solitary soul

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By Peter Vankevich The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is one of the more interesting avian fall/winter visitors to Ocracoke. A member of the heron family,...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Purple Sandpiper

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By Peter Vankevich One might shiver just by thinking about the habitats of the Purple Sandpiper, a rare bird on Ocracoke’s shores. A handsome, chunky shorebird,...

Snowy Owl returns to Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: If you search for this owl, keep a distance so as not to...

Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts take place despite pandemic

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By Peter Vankevich Conducting outdoor bird censuses at the end of December can be a challenge, normally due to the specter of horrible weather....

Spotted on Ocracoke: The cannonball jellyfish

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To read more Ocracoke nature articles, click here By Peter Vankevich In the last few weeks someone walking along Ocracoke’s beaches, especially at Springer’s...

Birds of Ocracoke: Cooper’s Hawk

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To read more profiles on the Birds of Ocracoke, click here By Peter Vankevich From fall into winter is the best time to see hawks...

Ocracoke’s seldom seen but much esteemed Atlantic ribbed mussels

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By Pat Garber Hidden among the roots and stems of Spartina Alterniflora (cordgrass) in Ocracoke's marshes live clusters of a little-known bivalve. Atlantic ribbed mussels (Gaukensia...

Surveying waterbirds during a pandemic

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Peter Vankevich Well-conducted bird surveys help scientists learn if bird species in an area...

Ocracoke and Sable islands: Kindred spirits with shipwrecks, horses and a...

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: While preparing a Birds of Ocracoke profile on the Savannah  “Ipswich” Sparrow, a...