Christmas Bird Counts scheduled for Dec. 30 and 31

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To see a listing and contact information for the Christmas Bird Counts in the Carolinas, click here  By Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Each year,...

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...

Ocracoke’s Trumpeter Swan may be gone but won’t be forgotten

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To read an earlier story about this swan, click here. By Peter Vankevich The young Trumpeter Swan’s two-month sojourn on Ocracoke appears over.  May 2 was...
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,...

A rare Purple Gallinule spotted on Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here By Peter Vankevich There are rare birds and then there are spectacular rare birds. One of the latter...

Killdeers flock to Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke has many visitors that have arrived with the recent exteme cold and storm systems in...

Shorebirds curiously absent from Ocracoke Christmas Bird Count

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here  Editor's note: This story has been updated on Jan. 9, 2018 By Peter Vankevich Cold, windy weather at dawn...

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....

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...

Ocracoke and Portsmouth island Christmas Bird counts set

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At the end of each year, Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands are among the thousands of areas that participate in the nationwide Christmas Bird Count...