Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Hatteras, North Carolina

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More than 300 species of birds have been documented at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hurricane Isabel dramatically changed the topography and plant cover in 2003, removing the artificially constructed dunes and causing a shift from dense scrub and grass habitats in the middle and soundside areas of the island toward open sand and overwash fan areas. Future habitat conditions and the resulting birds that use this narrow barrier island area will depend on storm intensity and frequency. Habitats: Ocean beach, dunes, saltwater and freshwater marshes, maritime forest, shrub swamps, thickets. Key birds: Summer: Little Blue Heron; Snowy Egret; White Ibis; Swallow-tailed Kite; Wilson’s Plover; Piping Plover; American Oystercatcher; Least and Gull-billed Tern; Black Skimmer; Seaside Sparrow. Winter: Red-throated Loon; Hooded Merganser; Horned Grebe; Longtailed Duck; Brown Pelican; Snow Goose; Brant; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Peregrine Falcon; American Pipit; Saltmarsh Sharptailed Sparrow.
Birding North Carolina

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Birding North Carolina

by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

More than 300 species of birds have been documented at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hurricane Isabel dramatically changed the topography and plant cover in 2003, removing the artificially constructed dunes and causing a shift from dense scrub and grass habitats in the middle and soundside areas of the island toward open sand and overwash fan areas.

Future habitat conditions and the resulting birds that use this narrow barrier island area will depend on storm intensity and frequency. Habitats: Ocean beach, dunes, saltwater and freshwater marshes, maritime forest, shrub swamps, thickets. Key birds: Summer: Little Blue Heron; Snowy Egret; White Ibis; Swallow-tailed Kite; Wilson’s Plover; Piping Plover; American Oystercatcher; Least and Gull-billed Tern; Black Skimmer; Seaside Sparrow. Winter: Red-throated Loon; Hooded Merganser; Horned Grebe; Longtailed Duck; Brown Pelican; Snow Goose; Brant; Lesser Black-backed Gull; Peregrine Falcon; American Pipit; Saltmarsh Sharptailed Sparrow.

©  Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Hatteras
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Good all year
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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