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...

Rescued Bald Eagle had lead poisoning

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Rita Thiel Bald Eagles are exciting to see but one of these visitors on...

Fiddlers in the sand

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich From mid-to-late summer into early fall when walking Ocracoke Island’s sandy trails and along sound-side areas such as Molasses...

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...

Ask the Observer: Which jellyfish or jelly?

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From Greg Klein This photo was taken at Springer’s Point. I think it is a jellyfish, but I am not sure. There were a few...

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,...

Death of a Royal Tern

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By Peter VankevichComing across a dead wild animal is not fun. But death is part of nature. In the case of birds, a small...

A Snowy Owl’s brief return to Ocracoke this winter

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To read more about the birds of Ocracoke Island, click here. Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich This winter, Ocracoke did not get the Arctic...

Birds of Ocracoke:  The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke is a pretty good island to see a family of wading birds known as herons, egrets and bitterns. Twelve species are...

Ocracoke’s frogs love a summer evening rainstorm

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By Peter Vankevich Photos by Jeff Beane After spring and summer rains on Ocracoke, the nighttime frog symphony begins. This phenomenon was noted in the May...