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....

Red knots and horseshoe crabs: ancient connections, modern peril

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By D. Creeksong One flies to the ends of the earth each year; the other, hatched from an egg barely larger than a grain of...

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: American Robin

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 American Robin (Turdus Migratorius) Text and photo by Peter Vankevich A member of the thrush family, this familiar bird has a dark mantle, dark orange breast,...

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...

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...

Ocracoke’s Snowy Winter

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  By Peter Vankevich Photos by Dianne Fodrie Stankiewicz Ocracoke certainly had an unusual winter. With two wonderful snowstorms and the school closed for sev­eral days, the...
A rare Trumpeter Swan photographed on Ocracoke, NC, March 18, 2018, by Peter Vankevich

Rare Trumpeter Swan spotted on Ocracoke

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For an update on the Trumpeter Swan on Ocracoke, click here Text and photos by Peter Vankevich  Ocracoke has another rare avian visitor this winter,...

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...