Stories by Jeff Lewis

May birding: Warblers and shorebirds and terns, oh my!

A good variety of beautiful, migrating songbirds, headed north, are flying through. Many will pass to the west of us, some will fly over us, but good numbers representing a great variety should drop in for refueling.

May 8


Birding on the Outer Banks: Birdsong and love are in the air

The mating season is here and migrants are still visiting. Love is in the air and birds are singing to attract their mates. Jeff Lewis describes what to look and listen for his April column.

Apr 3


Outer Banks Birding: March kicks off spring migration

March is a turnover month for birds on the Outer Banks. We witness the lingering departure of our many winter residents and the beginning of the arrival of our breeding migrants from the south.

Mar 10


Birding on the Outer Banks: January was full of rarities

A plethora of unusual birds has been located this winter in our area, many of them still lingering here at the time of this writing. How many will still be around in February and how many new ones will be discovered in the upcoming weeks remains to be seen.

Jan 30


Outer Banks Birding: Winter loons, grebes and diving ducks

Here in North Carolina, far from the North Pole, we live at just the right latitude to enjoy a great host of wintering birds, including waterfowl, water-birds, raptors and songbirds.

Jan 6


Birding on the OBX: December sightings and Christmas counts

Here on the Outer Banks, we are lucky to live in an area with such great winter birding. From the songbirds in our backyards to the waterfowl in the wildlife refuges, we have ample opportunities to observe and enjoy a great variety of birds.

Dec 18


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