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Birds of Ocracoke Series

This feature includes birds that have been seen on Ocracoke, including best times or year and locations and an audio recording of their songs and calls.

Birds of Ocracoke: The Bufflehead

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By Peter Vankevich Here’s a quiz question. What do ducks and woodpeckers have in common? Read on.  In the waters of Ocracoke one can see North America's...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Merlin

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  To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Merlin (Falco columbarius) By Peter Vankevich A small stocky agile-flying  falcon, males can be distinguished...

Birds of Ocracoke: A rare Yellow-headed Blackbird

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To see more profiles of the Birds of Ocracoke, click here Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Fall migration is a time when unusual birds appear...

Birds of Ocracoke: Gulls in the ‘hood – or maybe not

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Laughing Gull in basic plumage, from late August till early spring Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich The Laughing Gull, Larus atricilla, is the most common...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Northern Gannet

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Morus bassanus By  Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a bird that represents the...

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...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Double-crested Cormorant

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Phalacrocorax auritus Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Perhaps the signature seabird of Ocracoke during...

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...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Osprey

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Text by Peter VankevichPhotos by Hal Broadfoot and Peter Vankevich Time for a much-needed spectacular avian comeback story. The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is the only bird...

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...