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 Bonaparte’s Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Chroicocephalus philadelphia (formerly Larus Philadelphia) By Peter Vankevich This is a small buoyant gull with a...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Ruddy Turnstone

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Arenaria interpres Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich      A chunky shorebird with short...

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 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 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 Common Yellowthroat

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      Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) Text and Photos by  Peter Vankevich This is one of North America’s most widespread warblers, breeding throughout the continental United States (including...