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.

Spotted on Ocracoke: A Razorbill

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Ocracoke gets unusual visitors throughout the year and some of them have wings. The Observer was alerted of one from...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Northern Gannet

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Morus bassanus By  Peter Vankevich If one were to choose a bird that represents the...

Birds of Ocracoke: Indian Runner Ducks (Seriously)

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Note: Indian Runner Ducks can occasionally be seen...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Bonaparte’s Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Chroicocephalus philadelphia (formerly Larus Philadelphia) By Peter Vankevich This is a small buoyant gull with a...

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...

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...

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...

Spotted on Ocracoke: the Eastern Phoebe

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By Peter Vankevich  Sayornis phoebe The Eastern Phoebe is from the large family known as tyrant flycatchers that inhabit North and South America. A rather plain-looking bird, it...