Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Hatteras, North Carolina 27943

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Located midway on the Atlantic Flyway, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier birding areas of the Atlantic Coast, with over 350 bird species documented. The refuge includes 5,834 acres located on a barrier island, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Pamlico Sound.

Key birds: Spring and summer: Glossy Ibis; Black Skimmer; Black-necked Stilt; Roseate Tern. Fall: Peregrine Falcon; Marbled Godwit; Black-billed Cuckoo; Dickcissel. Winter: Redthroated Loon; Horned and Red-necked Grebe; Great Cormorant; Snow Goose; Ross’s Goose; Tundra Swan; Eurasian Wigeon; Harlequin Duck; Red-breasted Merganser; Peregrine Falcon; Yellow Rail; American Avocet; Marbled Godwit; Purple Sandpiper; Shorteared Owl; Sedge Wren; American Pipit; Nelson’s Sharp-tailed and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Year-round: Brown Pelican; Little Blue Heron; Snowy Egret; White Ibis; Piping Plover; American Oystercatcher; Short-billed Dowitcher; Seaside Sparrow."

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Reviews

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The NPS has done a very good job preserving the wildlife. Pea Is. has three main ponds for birding two of which are closed now but you are able to stop on the side of the road to see the animals and capture photos. We added 14 birds to our checklist to include the Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. We plan to go back in Summer to spend a day or two birding.
The storm on the 21st had the roads blocked on the 22nd, forcing us to waita few days befo viewin this site. It was very enjoyable, and we were able to capture images of a number of birds that are not iften seen including an American Bitter right off of the first boardwalk by the visitor's center. Worth the time!

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Jul 2018