The Outer Banks (OBX) in North Carolina is known for its beaches. However, it’s not the only reason people visit. OBX is made up of several locations. It’s 200 miles of barrier islands and each location has something to offer. In fact, one of the reasons people visit is for birding.
The best places for birding in the OBX are: The Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Marsh Game Land, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Duck, Ocracoke, Buxton and Frisco Woods.
If you’re really interested in birds, you may even want to visit the annual “Wings Over Water” festival held in the OBX. It is a week long event that takes place in October.
Although I don’t consider myself an avid birder or even an intermediate birder, I do enjoy watching them in their elements. Here are few photos we captured on our trip to Hatteras Island.
As a young adult, I remember thinking that the ideal location to live would be right outside of town. An area with nature, but within minutes of town-life (stores etc.). Well, I ended up marrying my husband, who came with a house (just outside of town). It’s the perfect location. It only takes about ten minutes to get to most of the stores and gas stations. However, it’s set out far enough to have a nature view. We’ve seen deer, a variety of birds, a snake and more. But, so far, the highlight was seeing two turkeys and their herd of babies waddle through our yard.
Above you will see a view from our back window. When our yard ends the trees begin. Here my husband was able to capture a red cardinal hiding out in the branches. I love this picture, it captures the beauty and mystique of the forest.