Death of a Royal Tern

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A Royal Tern. Note band on left leg. Photo: P. Vankevich By Peter VankevichComing across a dead wild...

A rare White-winged Tern’s surprise visit to the Outer Banks

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Text by Peter Vankevich Photos by Hal Broadfoot The Outer Banks is famous for its bird life. Over the years, about 400 species have been sighted....

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...

Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count post-Hurricane Dorian

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To see the news stories produced by WCTI-TV, click here and here. By Peter Vankevich It takes about a half-hour by boat from Ocracoke’s Silver Lake harbor...

Christmas Bird Counts for Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands set

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Note: The dates for the bird counts have been changed from original posting: They...

Summer Ocracoke beauties: Black Skimmers

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By Peter Vankevich Among the many reasons to visit Ocracoke is that most of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and...

NPS Friday bird walks move to new location

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By Peter Vankevich The National Park Service for years has run a Friday morning bird walk at 8:30 at the north end of Ocracoke Island...

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 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....

Portsmouth Island on the last day of 2018

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By Peter Vankevich The Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count took place on Dec. 31 and 69 species were tallied. To read more on that count, click...