My husband and I live on the southwest side of the island ( I think) though it may be southeast. Ocracoke is so turned around it's hard to tell. Anyway, we live on the Old Slough which flows off of Teachs' Hole. It's rather remote and we have many kinds of birds and waterfowl, animals and marine life that live "with" us. When I get up in the morning and go out on the deck sometimes there are as many as twenty or thirty great white egrets , smaller white egrets, great blue herons and various other herons in front of the house. We also have many kinds of geese and ducks,turtles, otters, crabs, kingfishers, schools of small menhaden and so many more creatures. At sunset, the doves fly into the cedar grove across the creek to settle in for the night ,the soft sound of their cooing and rustle of wings always comforting of an evening. Even in the bustle of summer we can go home and it seems as if we are alone on the island except for our creature friends. I have a lot of stories about them. Perhaps I'll have a chance to share some of them with you sometime.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Street Names, published November 19, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news111905.htm.