Stories by Jeff Lewis

OBX Birding: Fall migration phase three, and an invasion

November brings the last phase of winter migration to our area as well as rare birds who, for whatever reason, get "off track" and find their way here. Each year we usually are host to one or more of these rarities.

Nov 5

Month of October brings more migrants heading south

An exciting time of year is upon us! September jump-started the song-bird migration, with a brief pause for a hurricane, and October will keep the birds moving through, on their way to their wintering grounds. There will be plenty of birds to see this month and hopefully some rarities to find! In addition to a […]

Oct 4

September birding: Shorebirds, migrants and rarities!

On the beach, the water warms and clears up; in the deep blue ocean, the marlin and sailfish bite,; and for birders, the north winds bring fall migrants! Shorebirds are still the hottest ticket in September.

Sep 8

OBX Birding: It’s August so let the fall migration begin

It doesn’t take these long distance sandpipers, plovers and company to fulfill their parental duties in the far north, and they’re on their way back south for the “winter” – right through the Outer Banks!

Aug 6

Outer Banks Birding: It’s not just the weather that’s hot in July

As hot as the birding was in June, the opportunities are even hotter in July. But in all seriousness, the heat can be dangerous for birds, and other wildlife, just as it can be for humans.

Jul 12

Outer Banks Birding: Oystercatchers and other local nesters

The vast majority of shorebirds are nesting in June, and they’re doing it primarily up in more northerly latitudes and especially on the Arctic tundra. But we do have a few species that call the Outer Banks home during the nesting season.

Jun 9

Birdwatching on the Outer Banks: Love is in the air!

This is the month birders have been waiting for. Northbound neo-tropical songbirds are passing through, migrant shorebirds are in their finest breeding plumage and local birds are singing and nesting all around us.

May 7

April birding on the Outer Banks: What’s your favorite bird?

Outer Banks birding columnist Jeff Lewis says there are many reasons to like birds: their beauty, grace, speed, behavior, personality, song and of course – they can fly! Well, most of them anyway.

Apr 9

March birding: Fewer species but time to prep the feeders

The number of new birdwatching species declines, but there's still a few lingering winter birds and some early migrants to see in March. And it's a good time to clean out those feeders and stock on seed for spring migration and nesting season.

Mar 10

February’s wind and cold temps draw some great birds

February may be cold and windy, but that's just what many bird species love. From offshore to the beach, and inland to our sounds, lakes, and woodlands, different and sometimes rare species visit the Outer Banks.

Feb 5

Outer Banks birding: Owls are awesome, misunderstood

Their eerie calls raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Their flight is dead silent and the strikes on their prey are swift and lethal. Mysterious for sure, and considered evil by many - the stuff that legends are made of.

Jan 10

December means new birds and Christmas birds counts

December brings more species to our area, especially in impoundments, sounds and the ocean. It's also a time for citizen-science projects such as the annual Christmas Bird Counts.

Dec 5