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 Hooded Merganser

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Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a species as the most handsome duck in America, I would choose this one....

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...

Portsmouth Island Christmas Bird Count ends the year

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For more on the last day of 2018 on Portsmouth Island, click here  By Peter Vankevich For many of us, there is always a moment of...

Birds of Ocracoke: The (somewhat uncommon) Common Eider

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Winter on Ocracoke is a good time of the year to see rare birds. Most of them venture here...

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...