The Latest in a Series of Occasional Digressions

The Latest in a Series of Occasional Digressions

As we wait for Gwen to finish repainting the Sistine Chapel, I thought it might be a good time for one of my rare (yet presumably delightful) digressions. Let us contemplate the pelican. Here’s what I know about them. One of the most famous portraits of Queen...
Beach Birds: Sand-something Report

Beach Birds: Sand-something Report

Finally, we have the small hyperactive birds that run around the beach all day. What are they? Who knows. This is where bird-watching becomes beyond tedious. They are either semipalmated sandpipers or sanderlings. I would bet on the sandpiper but then I look at these...
Beach Birds: Spotlight on Boat-tailed Grackles

Beach Birds: Spotlight on Boat-tailed Grackles

So back to my Top Sail Island beach wanderings. I hung out with some male boat-tailed grackles for a while since they were the closest thing to crows in the neighborhood. Since they were black, rather than brownish, they must have been males. BTGs have a lot of...
Beach Birds: Gull Edition

Beach Birds: Gull Edition

We blasted down to the North Carolina coast for a quick visit with family at a beach house a few days ago. I decided to check out the sea birds to see how they measure up on the Avian Interest Scale, my totally subjective judgment about which birds are awesome...