through February is an exciting time at the refuge. Thousands of green-winged
teal, mallards, American widgeon, black ducks, pintails, northern shovelers,
ring necked ducks, and tundra swans make the Pea Island moist soil management
units their winter home. Dabbling ducks harvest seed from the bottoms of moist
soil management units; geese and swans glean grain from crop fields.
Overwintering songbirds eat seed from native shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. Bald
eagles, barred owls, great blue herons, and American egrets are also among the
cold weather sights. Visitors may walk around North Pond and on the beaches and
drive the length of the refuge on North Carolina Route 12. Bird walks are
conducted by volunteers and the visitor center is open 7 days a week.