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Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC

Ocracoke Island is mostly park land (the Cape Hatteras National Seashore), but the town of Ocracoke has a lot of interesting wildlife, especially in its new Springer's Point Nature Preserve.  See live map.


Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/21/19

Spotless Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea) Same Spotless Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea) Vedalia Beetle (Rodolia cardinalis) Vedalia Beetle pupa Cottony cushion scale (Icerya purchasi), natural prey of Vedalia Beetles.

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/20/19

Polished Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda munda) Mating Vedalia Beetles (Rodolia cardinalis) Aphids More aphids Cottony cushion scale (Icerya purchasi), natural prey of Vedalia Beetles.  ID thanks to Ken Wolgemuth.

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/19/19

American Oystercatcher, at the north end of the island Same American Oystercatcher Anchor Bug (Stiretrus anchorago), in town Moth fly (in town) Atlantic Ocean

Heron's Landing, seen from the beach Sanderlings, far up the beach Squirrel treefrog Another squirrel treefrog  

Willet and Sanderlings, far up the beach Willet struggling to keep its balance in the strong winds      

Ocracoke Island (Hammock Hills Nature Trail), Hyde County, NC  4/18/19

Carolina Anole Eastern Blue-eyed Grass Flesh fly Fowler's Toad  

Blooming Poison Ivy Sawtooth Blackberry Tiny wasp Fowler's Toad  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/18/19

Kite Public beach Palamedes Swallowtail Sanderling    

Sandwich Tern Willet      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/17/19

Birdfoot Trefoil House Eurasian Collared Dove courtship ritual: the dove on the right bowed repeatedly. Another scene from the Eurasian Collared Dove courtship ritual Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor)

Male House Sparrow        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/16/19

Brown-headed Cowbird Fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird struggling to catch its balance Feral cat.  There is a substantial population of cats given food by residents, otherwise on their own. Coral Honeysuckle  

Daisy Fleabane Eurasian Collared Dove Evening Primrose Happy Easter yard display Female House Sparrow

Marsh during the golden hour Mint plants Mourning Dove Osprey aircraft in helicopter mode Same Osprey aircraft

Red Admiral Common Starling Yellow Thistle (Cirsium horridulum) Violet Wood-sorrel Wisteria

Wisteria branch        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  4/15/19

Brown Pelican Daisy Fleabane Eastern Blue-eyed Grass Firewheel Mystery grass

Female House Sparrow Fledgling House Sparrow Same fledgling House Sparrow Same fledgling House Sparrow Ring-billed Gulls and a Laughing Gull

Sea Oxeye Daisies Violet Wood-Sorrel Asters Wisteria  

Carolina Wren Eastern Blue-eyed Grass False Garlic (Crow Poison) Grackle Little Quaking Grass (Briza minor)

Gull Mystery iris, thriving in a large marsh Shield-backed bug Black Willow male catkins  

Ocracoke Island (nearest beach to town), Hyde County, NC  5/26/18

Black Skimmer Ghost Crab Laughing Gull Red Knots Red Knots in flight


More flying Red Knots Red Knots seeking mollusks Large group of Red Knots Another view of that group  


Red Knots, two in breeding plumage More Red Knots Yet more Red Knots Breeding Sanderling Juvie Sanderling


Semipalmated Plover Same Semipalmated Plover      

Ocracoke Island (Southpoint), Hyde County, NC  5/25/18

Eastern Mud Turtle Deer Fly Grackle Great Egret Female Needham's Skimmer


Male Needham's Skimmer? Female Needham's Skimmer Teneral Eastern Pondhawk Red-winged Blackbird Same Red-winged Blackbird


Red-winged Blackbird    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/25/18

Probably Lanceleaf Fogfruit Another Lanceleaf Fogfruit Moon Shield-backed bug Cat with bird prey?    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/24/18

Floats Mourning Dove Sandwich Tern over North Pond Same Sandwich Tern Wharf Crab in a residential neighborhood

Ocracoke Island (nearest public beach), Hyde County, NC  5/23/18

Breeding Black-bellied Plover Another Black-bellied Plover Same Black-bellied Plover Red Knot Same Red Knot


Breeding Ruddy Turnstone Same Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling facing away from the wind Sanderling, with maybe transitional plumage Nonbreeding Sanderling


Breeding Sanderling        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/23/18

Male Red-winged Blackbird on a cedar        

Springer's Point, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/22/18

Mating Redbelly Water Snakes Same mating Redbelly Water Snakes Sandwich Tern Sandwich Tern  


Thicket Bean (Phaseolus polystachios var. sinuatus) Prickly Pear Another Prickly Pear Another Prickly Pear Male Northern Cardinal


Fowler's Toad Northern Mockingbird      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/22/18

Male Carolina Anole displaying Feral tabby cat Eurasian Collared Dove Female Needham's Skimmer White-topped Sedge

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/21/18

Sweat bee (Agapostemon genus) on Firewheel flower Same sweat bee Common Starling Squirrel Treefrog Sea Oxeye Daisy


Pink Wood-Sorrel Male House Sparrow Great Egret Gray Catbird Firewheels


Eurasian Collared Dove Same Eurasian Collared Dove Flying Double-crested Cormorant Same Double-crested Cormorant  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/27/17

Variegated Fritillary on White Clover Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella) Slender Ladies' Tresses orchid (Spiranthes lacera) Closer look at the same Slender Ladies' Tresses orchid Ladies tresses flower from side


Spring Ladies' Tresses orchid Close-up of a Ladies Tresses group of flowers, showing orange and yellow interiors A group of Ladies Tresses flowers from another plant, showing just a green-yellow interior Plant bug, seen on building exterior Same plant bug

Ocracoke Island (near beach), Hyde County, NC  5/27/17

Ruddy Turnstone, nearly in full breeding plumage Same Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling in breeding plumage Another Sanderling in breeding plumage Same Sanderling


Non-breeding Sanderling Breeding Willet Firewheels    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/26/17

Eurasian Collared Dove Artwork on a house Fort Ocracoke memorial plaque Seen at a business Killdeer


View across the North Pond Sanderlings flying across the North Pond Snowy Egret at the North Pond, near the downtown area Sunset Sunset reflected in a window

Ocracoke Island (north shore), Hyde County, NC  5/26/17

American Oystercatcher Same American Oystercatcher Washed-up blowfish Ship dredging channels Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle


Same Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle Same Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle Ferry arriving at Silver Lake Young Ghost Crab Blooming pennyworts


Sanderling Another Sanderling Sandspurs Seaweed A view of the shore


Spider wasp (in dunes)        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/25/17

Sandhill Bean (Phaseolus sinuatus) View of the marsh Ladies tresses orchid (Spiranthes genus) Fowler's Toad Figurine in front yard



Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/24/17

Male Northern Cardinal Feral cat (seen at old lighthouse) Fowler's Toad Male House Sparrow Female Mallard


Mandevilla Salt Marsh Mallow Male Common Starling in breeding plumage    

Ocracoke Island (north shore), Hyde County, NC  5/24/17

Sanderling in breeding plumage Another Sanderling in non-breeding plumage Common Tern Same Common Tern Same Common Tern


Male Brackish-water Fiddler Crab Tiny beetle in the dunes Male Rambur's Forktail Ghost Crab  


Jellyfish Royal Tern      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/22/17

A lone Laughing Gull at Silver Lake The gull issues several cries. Another view A second gull arrives. The courtship ritual begins.


The gull that came looks down. They brush beaks. Now the caller looks up. Purple Morning Glory vine Mourning Dove taking off.


Male Red-winged Blackbird Same male Red-winged Blackbird Sanderling in breeding plumage Another Sanderling, also in breeding plumage Juvie Gray Catbird


Barn Swallow Bike sculpture Feral cat Male Eastern Towhee (very early) Grass flowers


Gray Catbird Laughing Gulls and Herring Gulls compete for scraps tossed from a nearby restaurant Male House Sparrow    


Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/21/17

Eurasian Collared Doves The USDA calls this a "rattlebox" (Sesbania punicea). It's a kind of locust tree, a member of the pea family (Fabaceae) and is native to South America.  It's considered to be invasive and a noxious weed in Florida and California, but North Carolina's chilly winters keep it in check. White-topped Sedge flower    

Pamlico Sound and Big Foot Island, Hyde County, NC  5/21/17

Brown Pelicans on Big Foot Island Another view of Brown Pelicans on Big Foot Island More Brown Pelicans on Big Foot Island    


Diving tern over Pamlico Sound. Probably a nonbreeding Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)        

Swan Quarter, Hyde County, NC  5/21/17

Barn Swallow in flight Barn Swallow, also in flight Delaware Skipper Killdeer Same Killdeer


Killdeer Female Needham's Skimmer Palatka Skipper Female Seaside Dragonlet Perhaps teneral female Seaside Dragonlet


Male Seaside Skimmer, nearly adult Teneral male Seaside Skimmer Another teneral male Seaside Skimmer Male Seaside Skimmer, nearly adult Adult male Seaside Skimmer

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/29/16 (seen from the departing ferry)

Cormorants flying south Big Foot Island just before dawn A better view of Big Foot Island, showing pelicans and other birds A similar view, closer to sunrise Cormorants flying south


Cormorants flying from Big Foot Island toward Ocracoke (south) The Village of Ocracoke Big Foot Island Distant cormorants Harbor House


Egrets Another view of these egrets      

Nature Trail, Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC 10/28/16

Male Brackish-water Fiddler Crab standing his ground        

Ocracoke Island (north end), Hyde County, NC 10/27/16

Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Another nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Probably first-year Piping Plover, which alternated between walking toward me and facing away Same Piping Plover, which eventually flew around me.  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/27/16

Common Starlings Common Starlings Double-crested Cormorant Brown Pelican flying toward setting sun After sunset


Before sunset Closer up Same sunset scene with glare screened out    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/26/16

Double-crested Cormorant Eurasian Collared Dove Grackle Mallard ducklings Mystery bird


Interesting street corner Fishing mistake      

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/25/16

Monarch Yellow-rumped Warbler Same Yellow-rumped Warbler Same Yellow-rumped Warbler Another Yellow-rumped Warbler

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/25/16

Eastern Phoebe Northern Mockingbird Hens Cooper's Hawk Raccoon sculpture

Ocracoke Island (north shore), Hyde County, NC 10/24/16

Nonbreeding Black-bellied Plover Same Black-bellied Plover Cormorants Ghost Crab Grasshopper


Great Black-backed Gull Flock of Great Black-backed Gulls Four Black-backed Gulls The north end, where the effects of the Hurricane Matthew are seen Yellow-rumped Warbler, one of several nearby

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Hyde County, NC 10/24/16

Yellow-rumped Warbler Juvie Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler in a marsh Another juvie Yellow-rumped Warbler Female Red-winged Blackbird

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/23/16

Double-crested Cormorant Mallard-American Black Duck hybrid pair Common flower in the neighborhood Sunset over Silver Lake Yellow-rumped Warbler eating berries in a Wax Myrtle bush

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 10/23/16

Northern Mockingbird, actually slightly outside the Preserve Yellow-rumped Warbler Another Yellow-rumped Warbler Remains of a horseshoe crab  

Big Foot Island, Hyde County, NC 10/22/16

Double-crested Cormorants and gulls A longer view of the Double-crested Cormorants and gulls      

Pamlico Sound, Hyde County, NC 10/22/16

Royal Tern Laughing Gull Laughing Gulls, with fish prey Juvenile Brown Pelican landing  

Swan Quarter, Hyde County, NC 10/22/16

Blowfly Midge Royal Tern about to land What is the one Royal Tern saying? Flying by are a gull, an adult Royal Tern, and a juvenile. Interspecies conversation (including Laughing Gull)


Royal Terns and Laughing Gulls, both A quiet scene, during a rare moment when both Royal Terns were looking in the same direction Sometimes one Royal Tern bumps another one off its perch. In this case, an adult is the one displaying bad manners, while these two juveniles are still unsuspecting. Another interesting conversation, perhaps, "You can't land here!" One perched Royal Tern watches two other terns pass through.


More Royal Tern activity: "Don't even think of landing here!" You can see who's boss, at least on this piling. It's interesting to see how Royal Terns wriggle their wings when moved in on. "Sorry, buddy, but we don't think there's a place for you." An adult Royal Tern flies by, watched by two juveniles.


One Royal Tern scolds another. "Don't even think of doing that!"      

Ocracoke (beach), Hyde County, NC 4/23/16

Non-breeding, molting Black-bellied Plover Sanderling Willet    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/23/16

Male Northern Cardinal Carpet Beetle House Sparrow gathering nesting material from cattails Male Red-winged Blackbird in cedar tree  

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/22/16

Beach Male Red-winged Blackbird Yellow-rumped Warbler    

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/22/16

Banner Birdfoot Trefoil Birdfoot Trefoil with some faded (fertilized?) flowers Evening Primrose Houses across the marsh


Mite, 1-2 mm long Blue-eyed Grass      

Ocracoke (beach), Hyde County, NC 4/21/16

Double-crested Cormorant Another Double-crested Cormorant Mostly gulls on a sand bar Tricolored Heron Same Tricolored Heron


Tricolored Heron and crow        

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/21/16

Barn Swallow Barn Swallows Blue Jay Brown Pelican Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense)


Big house on the marsh Pink Wood-Sorrel Common Starling Blue Toadflax Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/20/16

Birdfoot Trefoil in the middle of the day Birdfoot Trefoil in the early morning Male Northern Cardinal Eurasian Collared Dove Another Eurasian Collared Dove


Great Egret, with green patch indicating breeding status Mallard duckling without a family A drainage ditch in the big marsh on the south end Sunrise Tricolored Heron flying past the pier


Yellowlegs Same yellowlegs      

Ocracoke (beach scenes were at north end of the island), Hyde County, NC 4/19/16

Crow Egg cases Eurasian Collared Dove Small Ghost Crab Left at tombstone in the town cemetery


House Sparrow Another House Sparoow Osprey aircraft flying low over the marsh Another view of the Osprey aircraft Palamedes butterfly


Interesting street sign        

Ocracoke (halfway up the island), Hyde County, NC 4/18/16

Small Ghost Crab Blue-eyed Grass Grackle (nature trail) Palamedes Swallowtail (nature trail)  

Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC 4/18/16

Barn Swallow Beach Female Northern Cardinal at Springer's Point Nature Preserve Eurasian Collared Dove Another Eurasian Collared Dove


Grackle Gulls in a cedar tree Hen Male House Finch Same male House Finch


Male House Finch Male Mallard, possibly hybrid w/ American Black Duck Mourning Dove Palamedes Swallowtail Rooster


Common Starling Sunrise Yellow-rumped Warbler in breeding plumage    

Pamlico Sound, Hyde County, NC 4/17/16

Swan Quarter Swan Quarter Herring Gull Gull Common Loon taking off


Herring Gull An island Laughing Gull Herring Gull Herring Gull


Juvenile Herring Full Herring Gulls Herring Gulls Several Herring Gulls that apparently dove for the same object Many Herring Gulls following the ferry's wake


Juvenile Herring Gull Cormorants and gulls on Big Foot Island, which was created by dredging ferry channels Double-crest Cormorant    

4/19/15 (shortly before dawn)

Squirrel Treefrog? This one was much bigger than the one on the right.  But this is a very variable species. Squirrel Treefrog    


Willet Sanderlings and a gull Sanderlings Ghost Crab Feral cat.  Not seen at the beach, but put here for convenience.  

Springer's Point Nature Preserve,  4/17/15

Great Crested Flycatcher Snake      


Palamedes Swallowtail American Oystercatchers Horned Grebes    

Grackle reacting to cat Feral cat eating grass Crane flies mating    


Sixteen Mallard ducklings Karl at Herons Landing Female Rambur's Forktail, seen at Nature Trail outside of town Two Green Anoles apparently battling for territory; one was biting the other. Green Anole      

Tiny caterpillar, seen at Nature Trail Male Red-winged Blackbird          


Male House Sparrow American Mink (Neovison vison) Same mink Same mink Same mink

White Ibis Shield-backed bug Mallards Green Heron Eurasian Collared Dove


Blue-eyed Grass Common Shore Tiger Beetle Cormorants and Royal Terns Willet  


Red Knot flying Two Red Knots Black-bellied Plover Sanderling  

Eurasian Collared Dove Black-bellied Plover Firewheels Bee fly at bee nest White-topped Sedge

North shore of Ocracoke Island, 5/23/12

Eastern Beach Tiger Beetle (Cicindela dorsalis).  The genus name may have recently been changed. Marbled Godwit Marbled Godwit and Sanderling Same Marbled Godwit and Sanderling Firewheels, in a small patch on a dune

In town, 5/23/12

A feral dog barking at me The same dog barking at my husband Bird's-foot Trefoil Mallard bathing in a large puddle left by a big storm Bear Grass

The south end Violet Wood Sorrel (perhaps a member of the same species  as Pink Wood Sorrel: maybe lighting accounts for the slight difference in color) White-topped Sedge Brown-headed Cowbirds  


Male Fiddler Crab, trying to intimidate me Same crab, looking intimidated by my much taller husband. Eastern Blue-eyed Grass      

Springer's Point Nature Preserve, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC  5/12/09

Ladybug Beetle (Cycloneda mundi) Blue-tipped Dancer Little Wood Satyr (ventral) Little Wood Satyr (dorsal)    

North end of the island, NC 5/12/09

Salt Marsh Skipper Salt Marsh Skipper, ventral view Robber fly    


Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes)        

May 13-16, 2007

Cattle Egret, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/16/07 Male Brown-headed Cowbird, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/16/07 Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/15/07 Male Red-winged Blackbird, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/15/07.  These birds can control how much of the red portion of their wings shows. Fish Crow, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/15/07


White Ibises, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/15/07.  Note the grayish juvenile. White Ibises, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/15/07 White Ibises, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/15/07 Juvenile Brown Pelican,  Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/14/07 Probably hybrid goose (Greylag/Canada Goose), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/14/07


Snowy Egret, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/14/07 Royal Tern, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/14/07 European Starling, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/14/07 Barn Swallow, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/14/07

May 9-11, 2006

Sachem, 5/9/06 Juniper Hairstreak, 5/10/06 Salt Marsh Skipper, 5/10/06.  See more grass skippers. Little Wood Satyr, 5/11/06 Stilt-legged Fly, 5/11/06


Ghost Crab, 5/11/06.  See more crustaceans. Male Brackish-water Fiddler Crab, 5/11/06

Land Birds

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myarchus crinitus), Town of Ocracoke, 5/15/05. Male European Starling, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/9/06 Fish Crow, Ocracoke, 5/9/06 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/19/05 Male Red-winged Blackbird, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/9/06


Canada Goose and Greylag Goose interspecies mating is suggested by some of these scenes.   I first saw this interspecies couple in 2003 and last saw what may have been them in 2005, when they mostly sat around. 

In May 2006, I saw no Greylag Geese and all of the Canada Geese were youthful and energetic.  They and the apparent hybrids pictured below, perhaps the offspring of the original couple, stayed together in a group, but no coupling was apparent.  There were four apparent hybrids in all, and about the same number of Canada Geese.

Goose family, town of Ocracoke, NC, 5/12/03.  Definitely not a typical Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) family here!  The other adult is a Greylag Goose.  I counted 8 goslings, one of which seems to be facing toward me.  (Canada Goose goslings are tawny.) A little over two years later (town of Ocracoke, 5/18/05), I spotted what appears to be this odd couple again.  They stayed on land this time, mostly sitting or eating grass, and I saw them on several different days in the same general area.  I didn't see them in May 2006.


Apparent Canada Goose/Greylag Goose hybrid, maybe the offspring of the couple on the left, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/18/05.  This goose and its Canada Goose companion hung around with the goose couple in the picture on the left in the evenings. The goose on the right (also pictured at left) hung around with this Canada Goose, doing some swimming and some flying.  The last time I saw them, they had spotted something interesting in Silver Lake and were flying toward it, honking wildly.  Note the contrast between the Canada Goose on the left and the apparent hybrid on the right.  Even though goslings had appeared in Ocracoke in mid-May of 2003, none of any species showed up this time anywhere on Ocracoke Island. Apparently a Canada Goose/Greylag Goose hybrid.  Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06 Canada Goose, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06


Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), town of Ocracoke, 5/19/05.   As its name suggests, this heron is mainly nocturnal. Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06 Tricolored Heron, Ocracoke, 5/10/06 Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06


Royal Tern (Sterna maxima), in breeding plumage, Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC, in flight, 5/9/06 Royal Terns (in breeding plumage), Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC, perhaps greeting the Hatteras Ferry, 5/9/06. Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), Ocracoke Island, 5/16/05 (breeding plumage).


Juvenile Sanderling (Calidris alba), Ocracoke, 5/9/04.  A kind of sandpiper. Dunlin (Calidris alpina), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06.  Breeding plumage. Ruddy Turnstones (Atenaria interpres), in breeding plumage, Ocracoke Island, 5/16/05.  These migratory birds summer in northern Canada. Ruddy Turnstone, also in breeding plumage Ocracoke Island, 5/16/05.


Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus), Ocracoke, 5/10/06 Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia), Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06 Greater Yellowlegs, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06


American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Ocracoke Island (north shore), 5/9/04.  American Oystercatcher, Ocracoke, Hyde County, NC, 5/10/06


American Coot (Fulica americana), Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, NC, 5/19/05. 


Female Common Green Darner (Anax junius), Ocracoke Island, 5/17/05


Another adult Laughing Gull, Ocracoke, 5/14/04.

Prickly Pears and a Scallop shell, 5/18/05





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