Saturday, February 16, 2008

events of the day

Today was a very interesting day. First, it was windy so we tried to stay
in the cover of the truck as much as possible.

At Pea Island the birds have left. There were only a few hundred birds
there. We did see a guy with one of the monster Canon lenses, either 500mm
or 600mm, huge.

After lunch we headed to Cape Point, stopping by the old lighthouse site
first. We didn't see many birds at either location. There were a couple
thousand gulls but nothing interesting. The salt ponds had minimal
activity with just a handful of various species of ducks.

The waves were crashing huge at the point. There were a handful of people
fishing but we didn't see anything caught.

We did see an idiot in a Jeep Cherokee going crazy on the beach doing
donuts and generally driving crazy. Long story short a DMF guy saw him and
got him. We went voer to make sure the DMF guy knew the whole story. The
DMF guy said he would call NPS to get federal charges on him. He needed
it. Another guy as well as us had been watching him and both went to the
DMF officer.

With few birds on the beach we headed to Alligator River National Wildlife
Refuge hoping for a short-eared owl or a red wolf. Unfortunately we didn't
find either. We did meet a few other birders there and met some new ones.

We got invited to a northern saw-whet owl banding in Virginia. How cool
is that?

We've set up camp at the old Mann's Harbor Motel site. Unfortunately it
looks like this might be the last use for this site as someone has started
construction on a building. There is a large section of gravel that looks
to be a foundation of a building.

Spagetti for dinner. Are you a little bit jealous?