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is a 55 mile long section
of the Outer Banks of North Carolina running from Ocracoke Inlet on the
northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. The three undeveloped barrier
islands which make up the seashore - North Core Banks, South Core Banks
and Shackleford Banks - may seem barren and isolated but they offer many
natural and historical features that can make a visit very rewarding.
State Office has named the state's first Important Bird Areas (IBAs). These
sites, ranging from far out at sea to high in the mountains, represent
natural areas of special significance to birds that breed, migrate, winter
and feed in North Carolina.
destination, the Outer Banks of North Carolina offers great summertime
birdwatching. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Bodie Island Lighthouse,
Nags Heads Woods, Cape Hatteras, and the open ocean all offer a good variety
area of North Carolina. This site provides a general map of the area, showing
the 15-mile-diameter Christmas Bird Count circles for Chapel Hill, Durham,
Jordan Lake, and Raleigh. See also the Chapel
Hill Bird Club Checklist. This lists all the birds ever recorded in
Chatham, Durham, and Orange Counties, NC, from 1975-1996, with frequency
designations for every week of the year.
formed by three cities in the Peidmont Region of North Carolina. Those
cities are: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. It covers 4 counties: Wake
County, Durham County, Orange County, and a corner of Chatham County. This
page covers the best birding hotspots in these 4 counties.
is a warm water current that begins off the tip of Florida, where it is
called the Florida Current, and ends off the coast of Ireland. In North
America, the 'Stream' passes closest to shore off North Carolina's Outer
Banks. The north wall of the Gulf Stream can be reached fairly easily from
the fishing ports of Manteo or from Hatteras which is some 70 miles further
south. Excellent pelagic birding and seawatching from Cape Hatteras.
Island, and join Mary Scott on a pelagic trip to the Gulf Stream, where
we saw the elusive Herald Petrel. Then take a trip inland to the Croatan
National Forest, Alligator River NWR, Weymouth Woods, and Lake Jordan.
trips for birders since 1986. In 2001, Brian Patteson, Inc. is offering
an extensive schedule of pelagic trips from North Carolina's Outer Banks
as well as Virginia Beach, Virginia. Trips are scheduled at different seasons
so as to see the fullest spectrum of pelagic birds and animals possible
in the region.
Various dates May through
August. Birding trips to the Gulf Stream and continental shelf with landbirding,
nearby onshore. North Carolina Pelagic Trips, onboard the "Country Girl"
out of Manteo, with Captain Allan Foreman. FONT will continue to have good
leaders & spotters with our trips.
(VENT). The famous smoky haze, the rugged mountains, and the hardwood
forests–these are images that bring to mind this well-known region. Many
have seen it from the byways and parkways, but it is a region that can
be enjoyed on many levels. Our trip takes a slower, more probing look at
the complexity of this multifaceted region. Like the Ozarks and Tallgrass
Prairies trip, the tour seeks to bring together birds, botany, and a natural
and cultural history of a timeless region.