NPS Friday bird walks move to new location

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By Peter Vankevich The National Park Service for years has run a Friday morning bird walk at 8:30 at the north end of Ocracoke Island...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Great Crested Flycatcher

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Text and photo by Peter Vankevich This handsome large flycatcher, which is more often heard than seen, has brownish upperparts, gray breast, yellow belly and...

Shell identification on Ocracoke, N.C., beaches

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here The images below were created by John Timmerman of the North Carolina Shell Club to help beachcombers...

Christmas Bird Count Is A Favorite With Locals and Visitors

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  December 2014 By Stacey Sutton Fans of our feathered friends are all a-frenzy with anticipation for the 115th National Christmas Bird Count coming up here Dec...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Killdeer

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  To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Charadrius vociferous Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Killdeer builds a sparse nest on...

Nature’s pollinators: Honey bees on Ocracoke

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For Ocracoke news, click here. By Peter Vankevich  Imagine a world without fruits, vegetables and beautiful flowers. These plants rely on pollination to thrive, and honey bees...

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...

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,...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Barn Swallow

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Hirundo rustica Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Barn Swallow is the most widely-distributed...

Birds of Ocracoke: American Oystercatcher

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By Peter Vankevich If there were a betting popularity contest for the birds of Ocracoke, Las Vegas might place the American Oystercatcher as a...