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...

Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count canceled; Ocracoke count shifts...

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no boat transport for the Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count. As a result, the count, scheduled for Dec....

How an albatross got to Portsmouth Island

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For Ocracoke news, click here. By Peter Vankevich Visitors to Portsmouth Island may notice a photograph in the school exhibit of a teacher and two students...

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...

Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts take place despite pandemic

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Ring-billed Gulls seen on Ocracoke. Photo by Amy Thompson By Peter Vankevich Conducting...

Pelicans in the Pamlico Sound: A tale of two islands

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By Peter Vankevich Brown Pelicans: From Beacon to Big Foot and back Two skiffs left Ocracoke in the early hot, windless morning of July 6 on...

Observed on Ocracoke: peregrine falcons, lots of ‘em

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Jann & Gil Randell on the dunes of Ocracoke Photo by P. Vankevich November 2014 By Peter Vankevich Peregrine falcons are spectacular birds. To see one in flight,...
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,...

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 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...