Earlier this week a massive grouping of gulls and seabirds congregated at the south end of Wrightsville Beach. They appeared to be eating some small baitfish, but live ones. In past years we have had fish kills which attract gulls but this was not a fish kill.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Last weekend I executed a surgical strike mission to get 3 rare birds in 3 different locations separated by hundreds of miles. Usually when I tackle such lofty goals I end up missing 1 or more of them. This time it worked and probably because I was persistent and planned the stops to be realistic. In the past I have tried to tackle too much and end up running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
I left early Sunday morning and drove from Wilmington all the way up to Charlotte to get the continuing LeConte's Sparrow off Rhea Farms which is really not a farm at all. The field with the sparrows is an abandoned development surrounded by residential units and commercial properties and seems like an unlikely place for a rare sparrow but birds are weird. The fields are chock full of what I think is Broomsedge which is a native grass that birds love. The grass is actually very similar to what I have seen LeConte's Sparrows in previously at North River Farms.
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Speaking about ex-husband Ben Affleck's large back tattoo of a rising phoenix, Jennifer Garner said, "You know what we would say in my hometown about that? 'Bless his heart.'
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
I have been spending my free time hanging out on Johnnie Mercer's pier at Wrightsville Beach, usually early before work and late after work. I'm not the only one. I have noticed there are some interesting weirdos that come to watch sunrise and do religious stuff and put their hands up to feel the rapture. Im fine with all that stuff, but where it starts to annoy me is when the people force you to listen to their crappy music while they do their ritual. This one lady always blasts her cell phone at full volume at the end of the pier with the kind of music you can expect while getting your teeth cleaned. It really gets my blood boiling as I go there to get some peace and quiet and enjoy nature. I know saying something to her will probably not go over well. Anyone who is selfish enough to make everyone else listen to their crap is probably not going to get it anyway. You know who else can be annoying?