Birds of Ocracoke Series

This feature includes birds that have been seen on Ocracoke, including best times or year and locations and an audio recording of their songs and calls.

Birds of Ocracoke: the Great Horned Owl

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N.C. Press Association first place award for spot photograph, 2017. By Peter Vankevich Editor's note: To read about the famous Snowy Owls that visited Ocracoke for...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Prairie Warbler

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich For those not that familiar with the birds of the Outer Banks or know that there are many species...

Spotted on Ocracoke: A Razorbill

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Ocracoke gets unusual visitors throughout the year and some of them have wings. The Observer was alerted of one from...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Northern Gannet

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Morus bassanus By  Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a bird that represents the...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Red-breasted Nuthatch, an irruptive little fella

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Sitta canadensis By Peter Vankevich Starting in the early fall and into the early spring,...

Birds of Ocracoke: Indian Runner Ducks (Seriously)

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Note: Indian Runner Ducks can occasionally be seen...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Bonaparte’s Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Chroicocephalus philadelphia (formerly Larus Philadelphia) By Peter Vankevich This is a small buoyant gull with a...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Snowy Owl

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Snowy Owl is the rarest of birds for...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Great Black-backed Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  (Larus marinus) Text and photos by Peter Vankevich This species is considered to be the...

Spotted on Ocracoke: the Myrtle (yellow-rumped) Warbler

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 Setophaga coronata (formerly Dendroica coronata coronata), the eastern form of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. By Peter Vankevich Beginning around Mid-October, a small brownish, streaky bird returns to...