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 Palm Warbler

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Setophaga palmarum Text and photos by P. Vankevich This is a streaky bird with a...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Snow Bunting

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For more profiles of the birds of Ocracoke, click here By Peter Vankevich Birds are amazing in that they may be found in the most extreme...

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 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: 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 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 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 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 (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 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,...