With the beach’s alternating marsh-beach environments and array of nature preserves, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for birding. Outer Banks birding can be enjoyed as you tour Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island Sanctuary and Center, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head Woods Preserve, Kitty Hawk Woods, Buxton Woods, Springer’s Point and other Outer Banks nature reserves and trails. As you explore these parks and preserves, you’ll get to see a diverse population of birds interacting in their natural habitat. Another way to experience Outer Banks birding is to do so from the water. Some charter fishing boats offer alternative trips that can help you and your crew find birds you have a better chance of seeing on the water as opposed to on land. In July and August on Roanoke Island at the old Manns Harbor bridge, you can witness one of the Seven Wonders of the Outer Banks when thousands upon thousands of purple martins take flight in one huge swoosh at sunrise then return in the same way at sunset. It’s a sight you’ll never forget. Whether you want to spend the day searching for native species of birds or prefer to spot one of two while doing other activities, check out the listings below to see where will help you add that 100th specie of bird to your birding journal.
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