November in the Outer Banks? It’s for the Birds!

Migratory birds on the beach at sunrise near Oregon Inlet Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Sunrise at Oregon Inlet Cape Hatteras National Seashore

We are getting ready to go to Hatteras Island in November. Why? The water is cold and the weather can be chilly. Yes. The main tourist season is over and many shops and restaurants will either be closed for the season or have reduced hours. Yes. But wait – there is one group of tourists that will show up in droves. Migratory birds! It is a spectacle like no other.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Whenever possible, we tend to plan our travels to national parks and seashores to avoid human crowds. Animal crowds are very acceptable. You can imagine our delight last Halloween when we just happened to be visiting the Outer Banks at Oregon Inlet near Nags Head, NC. We decided to drive over the bridge from the inlet to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge for a hike. WOW. So many migratory birds in the refuge, on the beach, flying around – it was amazing. We are not birding experts so we had no idea that Pea Island is an Outer Banks bird migration hot spot. Now we know. We had such a great trip we immediately planned a repeat this year. Stay tuned in mid-November for a complete travel story about our upcoming trip. Here is a sneak peek of what we anticipate: 

Migratory Birds at Oregon Inlet Hatteras National Seashore
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