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 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: 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 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 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 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 Red Knot

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By Peter Vankevich The number of shorebirds that winter along the beach on Ocracoke varies from year to year. Some years, Red Knots can be seen...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Willet

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Tringa semipalmata Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Willets  are the shorebirds one sees along...

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: 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...

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...