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...

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...