Birds of Ocracoke: the Great Crested Flycatcher

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Text and photo by Peter Vankevich This handsome large flycatcher, which is more often heard than seen, has brownish upperparts, gray breast, yellow belly and...

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,...

Signs of Spring: Laughing gulls return

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By Peter Vankevich The black-hooded Laughing gull, a common sight on Ocracoke from spring into early winter, are pretty much gone for warmer climes by...

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,...

Nesting birds on sound islands take a hit from Hurricane Arthur

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By Maria Logan It’s summertime and Ocracoke is in full swing. There is a frenetic energy about the island as visitors flock to paradise...

Ocracoke’s Snowy Winter

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  By Peter Vankevich Photos by Dianne Fodrie Stankiewicz Ocracoke certainly had an unusual winter. With two wonderful snowstorms and the school closed for sev­eral days, the...

Spotted on Ocracoke: Peanuts! and the Blue Jay

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  August 2013 Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich This month’s feature bird is a familiar but somewhat notori­ous Ocracoke resident. The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta crista­ta) is...

Spotted on Ocracoke: a homing pigeon named Paloma

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  Spotted on Ocracoke:  A Homing Pigeon  Text and photo by Peter Vankevich November 2010  The storm system around the beginning of October (2010) brought out a...