If you’re a birding enthusiast, then you’ve come to the right place, as there are many North Carolina birding sites within the Southern Outer Banks area. Be sure to bring some bird watching binoculars and feast your eyes on the fantastic assortment of feathers. Our feathery friends range from sea gulls, pelicans, ducks, egrets, blue jays and mockingbirds. Come discover a glorious new world through your binoculars!
You’ll experience all this and more on the North Carolina Birding Trail. Walk the secluded trails of the southern shore of Bogue Sound in Emerald Isle Woods in search of migrating warblers and colorful waterfowl. The Preserve, owned by the town of Emerald Isle, showcases a rare maritime forest habitat, and more than 100 species of birds have been recorded there with bird species of interest such as the Black Skimmer, Great Crested Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, American Oystercatcher, a variety of wading birds and wintering waterfowl.
Take a hike and explore the ramparts at Fort Macon State Park to observe migrating shorebirds during the spring and see hawks and falcons during the fall season.
Observe marsh birds such as herons, egrets and shorebirds at the Rachel Carson Preserve or visit Patsy Pond to see the rare and endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, along with elusive species like Bachman’s sparrow and brown-headed nuthatch.
The vast Croatan National Forest is home to a number of nesting species, including Eastern bluebird, pine warbler, Carolina chickadee and Eastern towhee.
There are numerous opportunities for bird viewing and with so many Emerald Isle North Carolina birding sites, don’t forget your binoculars on your next trip to the area!
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