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Birds of Ocracoke Series

This feature includes birds that have been seen on Ocracoke, including best times or year and locations and an audio recording of their songs and calls.

Birds of Ocracoke: The Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee, a strikingly handsome bird that — good looks notwithstanding, is perhaps more noted for its many vocalizations.

Birds of Ocracoke: The Northern Pintail

Northward, ever northward, clearly indicated on the distant sky, points the long slim figure of the pintail, in the vanguard of the spring migration,...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Blue Jay

Text and photos by Peter Vankevich It can be surprising that some bird species, which are common and easily seen on the mainland of North...

Birds of Ocracoke: American Oystercatcher

By Peter Vankevich If there were a betting popularity contest for the birds of Ocracoke, Las Vegas might place the American Oystercatcher as a...

Birds of Ocracoke: summer nesting successes, rare fall bird sightings

By Peter Vankevich The Ocracoke and Portsmouth Christmas Bird Counts will be on Dec. 30 and 31. Those wishing to participate should contact the...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Osprey

Text by Peter VankevichPhotos by Hal Broadfoot and Peter Vankevich Time for a much-needed spectacular avian comeback story. The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is the only bird...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Ring-necked Duck

For more profiles, click BIRDS OF OCRACOKE SERIES By Peter Vankevich If one were to look at names of our birds of North America and get...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Lesser Black-backed Gull

To read more profiles on the Birds of Ocracoke, click here By Peter Vankevich First, are these birds gulls or seagulls?"Seagull" is the colloquial name for...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Red-breasted Nuthatch, an irruptive fella

To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  By Peter Vankevich Starting in the early fall and into the early spring, on...

Birds of Ocracoke: The American Bittern, a solitary soul

By Peter Vankevich The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is one of the more interesting avian fall/winter visitors to Ocracoke. A member of the heron family,...