Toward a civil twilight

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Editor's note: This story is revised from a previous post. Text and photos by Peter Vankevich This is the time of the year that my poetic/romantic...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Snowy Owl

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Snowy Owl is the rarest of birds for...

Ask the Observer: What is this strange-looking fish? Shocking answer

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By Peter Vankevich Long-time fishing buddies Ned Bull and Lanier Smith, both of Kernersville, spotted an unusual fish Dec. 9 while fishing south of the airport...

Counting birds on Ocracoke and Portmouth

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By Connie Leinbach For Lloyd Lewis of Mayo, Md., being a bird watcher takes him to locations all over the world. “Birding puts me in different habitats,” he...

Christmas Bird Count the oldest wildlife census in the world

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We don’t need too much birdlore, do we,
 To tell a flamingo from a towhee;
 Yet I cannot, and never will, Unless the silly birds stand still....

Birds of Ocracoke: The Great Black-backed Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  (Larus marinus) Text and photos by Peter Vankevich This species is considered to be the...

Hummingbirds take winter vacations on Ocracoke

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By Pat Garber Stepping onto my front porch, I did a double-take. Looking again, I confirmed what I saw. A hummingbird was hovering nearby and...

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 Double-crested Cormorant

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Phalacrocorax auritus Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Perhaps the signature seabird of Ocracoke during...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Palm Warbler

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Setophaga palmarum Text and photos by P. Vankevich This is a streaky bird with a...