Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sometimes Free Time is just for the Birds...

 I miss the birds , I have not had time to investigate around here in Northern Virginia much in the last year , but I know where an Eagle nest is and hope this week being warm?  whatever that is I can go do some walking in the local parks.  So until then look over the pics from last year on the banks.

One of the things that I love and many people love about the Outer Banks is that in the fall and the winter time we have such an amazing array of migratory birds that visit.  Pea Island and Mattamuskeet have been the subject of thousands of photos and records of the special birds that come to share their time with us.  This year Hatteras Island and Ocracoke have been home to a very special bird and I have not been blessed with actually seeing them in the flesh myself yet, but I still hope it will happen.  Snowy Owls (well at least one or two) have been seen at Cape Point in Hatteras and on Ocracoke Island.    This time of year we have so many species fly through our area , you never know what you will see.  We have White Ibises, Snow Geese , Pintail Ducks, Northern Shovelers, a few Harlequins have been sighted and more.  You just have to take some free time and talk a walk on the wild side of Pea Island or Lake Mattamuskeet.
Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker

Northern Shovelers

Tundra Swans

Pintails, Mallards and Tundra Swans

7 swans a swimming....

Great Egrets

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Waiting for the Fishermen

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