A Snowy Owl’s brief return to Ocracoke this winter

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To read more about the birds of Ocracoke Island, click here. Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich This winter, Ocracoke did not get the Arctic...

They’re Back! Snowy Owls return to North Carolina

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For Ocracoke news, click here  For more information on Snowy Owls, click here  By Peter Vankevich “Ahoy! Hast thou seen the great white owl?" So cried the...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Surveying waterbirds during a pandemic

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Peter Vankevich Well-conducted bird surveys help scientists learn if bird species in an area...

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...