A Boat Ride and A Great Blue...
...Or, taking part in the annual Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island.
By Lou Ann Homan
With apples in my backpack and my camera case slung over my shoulder I
step down into the boat on this cold morning. The other passengers are
much more equipped for the day than am I. They carry binoculars and
telescopes, and wear rubber boots for tramping over the beaches and
through the marshes.
I pull my hood up and wrap my scarf around my face as we
leave the dock and take off across the sound. It is a cold wind that
blows as we travel the short distance. Our destination today is
Portsmouth Island to participate in the Christmas bird count. Our
leader, Peter Vankevich, is a born birder and the organizer of our
group of birders. He spends days ahead of time sending out emails and
getting everyone excited about the Christmas bird count. On this cold
morning while he is handing out lists of birds and assignments,
vegetarian chili simmers in the crock pot home in his cottage...(read more from the Ocracoke Current)