Coastal Birds of North Carolina

“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough

We already know that Carolina Coast is a wonderful melting pot for people from all over the United States and beyond.  We are preaching to the choir when we say its beautiful beaches and welcoming environment makes anyone and everyone want to make North Carolina home!  But humans aren’t the only ones making our wonderful region home!  We are blessed to share our state with some of the most beautiful species of birds in the world.  Whether you’re admiring a beautiful red Cardinal on your backyard bird feeder or watching a Pelican swoop down at the Sound, birds bring beauty and enjoyment to our lives.

The Outer Banks Region is unique in that it offers both fresh and saltwater habitats thus attracting many species of birds.  The Albemarle Sound, ponds, lakes and marshes as well as grasslands and forests are home to a very diverse blend of birds. Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Canada Geese and many species of ducks love life on the water as much as we do at Albemarle Plantation!  Egrets, cranes and shorebirds of every variation can be found soaking up the sun and surf just like our residents! Osprey nest here, and who could blame them?!  Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of some Brown Pelicans cruising the surf with their astounding dives for fish while enjoying some relaxation at the Marina.

Some of our favorite spots for bird watching include the pond in front of Bodie Island Lighthouse and two ponds on Pea Island at the visitor center. Both are easy to access and are equipped with everything that even the most serious bird watcher requires.  From viewing stands, to blinds and even bird watching guides placed throughout the area, you will not be disappointed!

Plus, your backyard at Albemarle Plantation is a great spot for bird watching.  The coastal terrain of The Sound Links at Albemarle Plantation couldn’t be a better environment for bird sightings.  With towering pines and moss-draped cypress trees and lush marshes and wetlands, the possibilities are endless.  So break out your binoculars and prepare to take in the beauty and majesty that is all around you at Albemarle Plantation!