Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke, North Carolina 27960

Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Island Professional Review and Guide

"Ocracoke Island is located approximately 25 miles off the mainland across the Pamlico Sound. The island extends approximately 18 miles from Hatteras Inlet to Ocracoke Inlet. More than 300 species of birds have been documented on Ocracoke Island. Habitats: Ocean beach, natural and artificial dunes, shrub thickets, brackish and freshwater ponds, dune fields, maritime forests, young pine forests, forested hammocks, salt marsh, near shore shallows.

Key birds: Summer: Little Blue Heron; Snowy Egret; Glossy Ibis; Black-necked Stilt; Wilson’s Plover; Least Tern; Marbled Godwit; Gull-billed Tern; Sandwich Tern; Black Skimmer; Chuck-will’s-widow; Great Crested Flycatcher; Eastern Kingbird. Winter: Red-throated Loon; Brant; Peregrine Falcon; Brown-headed Nuthatch; Sedge Wren. Year-round: Brown Pelican; White Ibis; Piping Plover; American Oystercatcher; Seaside Sparrow."

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Good all year
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park
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