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....

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...

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...

Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts take place despite pandemic

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By Peter Vankevich Conducting outdoor bird censuses at the end of December can be a challenge, normally due to the specter of horrible weather....

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 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 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...

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...