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.

Spotted on Ocracoke: the Myrtle (yellow-rumped) Warbler

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 Setophaga coronata (formerly Dendroica coronata coronata), the eastern form of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. By Peter Vankevich Beginning around Mid-October, a small brownish, streaky bird returns to...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Redhead

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By Peter Vankevich In the long waterfowl tradition of Ocracoke, perhaps the most endearing species for hunters, decoy carvers and bird lovers is the duck...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Great Blue Heron

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Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich “A bird so grand, so majestic, and so picturesque is surely a fitting subject for the artist's brush,” so...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Hooded Merganser

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Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a species as the most handsome duck in America, I would choose this one....

Birds of Ocracoke: The (somewhat uncommon) Common Eider

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Winter on Ocracoke is a good time of the year to see rare birds. Most of them venture here...

Birds of Ocracoke: the American White Ibis

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Eudocimus albus Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich The American White Ibis is a prized bird for...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Black Skimmer

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Rynchops niger Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich  This spectacular bird is a delight to...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Brown Thrasher

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Toxostoma rufum Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich One of the three mimics on Ocracoke....

Birds of Ocracoke: The Savannah Sparrow

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By Peter Vankevich The Savannah Sparrow  (Passerculus sandwichensis) is one of the most common sparrows throughout much of North America, but on Ocracoke, it is only...

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...