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: 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...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Merlin

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  To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Merlin (Falco columbarius) By Peter Vankevich A small stocky agile-flying  falcon, males can be distinguished...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Killdeer

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  To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Charadrius vociferous Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Killdeer builds a sparse nest on...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Eastern Kingbird

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Tyrannus tyrannus By Peter Vankevich  The Eastern Kingbird is a large feisty tryant flycatcher that is...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Willet

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Tringa semipalmata Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Willets  are the shorebirds one sees along...

Birds of  Ocracoke: the Gray Catbird

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  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) is a slender medium-sized song bird. It is overall dark gray with a black...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Barn Swallow

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Hirundo rustica Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Barn Swallow is the most widely-distributed...

Birds of Ocracoke: the American White Ibis

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Eudocimus albus Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich The American White Ibis is a prized bird for...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Brown Thrasher

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Toxostoma rufum Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich One of the three mimics on Ocracoke....

Birds of Ocracoke: the Black Skimmer

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Rynchops niger Text and Photos by Peter Vankevich  This spectacular bird is a delight to...