John Weske and his bands of terns

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Neither hot weather nor age stops John Weske, 81, from his passion—banding birds—work he has done since he was...

Birders to flock to Outer Banks for Wings Over Water

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Editor's note: The Portsmouth Island field trip is full, Ocracoke has three openings as of yesterday (Sept. 14).  Since its beginning 20 years ago, the Wings...

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...

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,...

Young birders join in local Christmas Bird Counts

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For Ocracoke news, click here By Connie Leinbach Jack Rogers, a high-school student from South Carolina, loves bird watching for the simple thrill of seeing something...

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...

Islands off Portsmouth: Shadows of their former selves

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Three of the islands off Portsmouth Island have seen better days. Once large enough to support human presence, these days...

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...

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: Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Text and photo by Peter Vankevich Large pale dove with a thin black partial collar, dark bill and pinkish legs. Note in...