An island home companion

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Ocracoke does not have many nesting warbler species. One of these is the Prairie Warbler, an early arrival. Males, like the one above, are...

Snowy Owl visits Ocracoke briefly

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Note: If anyone is fortunate enough to see a Snowy Owl, be sure to keep a safe distance so that it is not disturbed. By...

Red Knots and Northern Gannets highlight the Ocracoke Christmas Bird Count

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This story has been updated, Jan. 26 By Connie Leinbach and Peter Vankevich The hunt was on for all kinds of birds on Ocracoke as dozens...

Christmas bird counts set for Ocracoke and Portsmouth

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Following tradition, the Ocracoke and Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Counts will be held on the last days of the year, with Portsmouth on Dec. 30 and Ocracoke on Dec. 31, 2021.

Birds of Ocracoke: summer nesting successes, rare fall bird sightings

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By Peter Vankevich The Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts will be on Dec. 30 and 31. Those wishing to participate should contact the...

North Carolina Bird Atlas will help prioritize conservation efforts

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By Peter Vankevich North Carolina will finally have its own comprehensive bird atlas, a project that will rely on many contributors such as recent college...

Ocracoke birding walk scheduled for Saturday; intro to the ‘NC Bird...

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A fall birding trek on Ocracoke is scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 25) starting at 8:30 a.m. All who are interested are invited to meet at...

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...

The Red Knot epic spring migration includes North Carolina

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Red Knot is an amazing bird. Only about the size of an American Robin and usually weighing under five...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Ring-necked Duck

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For more profiles, click BIRDS OF OCRACOKE SERIES By Peter Vankevich If one were to look at names of our birds of North America and get...