An elusive visitor lures people away from their computer screens and into the woods

The vermilion flycatcher is rarely seen in North Carolina, so its appearance in Martin County attracted birdwatchers from all over the state. (Bob Koch)

By Ben Rappaport

Rare bird sightings in North Carolina have increased during the pandemic – perhaps because more people are working from home and taking up new hobbies. The thrill of the chase to find these once in a lifetime birds is bringing people back to nature, as Ben Rappaport found out when he visited Williamston.


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