Boy Did I Finally Find the Snow Geese!

Over the course of winter 2020 I tried many times, all unsuccessfully, to see the Snow Geese that winter along our coast each year. Hundreds of thousands waterfowl call the coastal region of North Carolina home each winter, so how hard could it be to see them? The odds were in my favor! I kept seeing sightings on eBird of hundreds if not thousands of Snow Geese in a few areas that I was going to visit and just knew I would get to see them! I couldn’t have been more wrong. I got up several mornings before sunrise to be in place for their arrival; they must have known I was waiting and changed their plans because I never saw one Snow Goose! This year, I hoped to see them but after last year’s luck was hesitant. My first Snow Goose sighting was in late November at Pocosin Lakes NWR. There was a huge flock of them on Pungo Lake, but they were all the way across the lake. Surely that wasn’t the only look at Snow Geese I would have this year! Was it? After my time at Pungo Lake, I headed to the coast for a few days of birding, surely I would see some at Pea Island! Not a single Snow Goose the entire trip to the coast! But luck was on my side on my next attempt! I saw them! And then I saw them […]

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Birding Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina

One of my favorite birding sites is Huntington Beach State Park, just south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There is so much to see, over 300 bird species have been spotted here, that I can spend days walking and taking pictures. As a matter of fact, I do that just about every time I am there…sunrise to sunset if I can! I love starting my morning watching the sunrise over the marsh or walking along the beach watching for early birds. You never know what you’ll find and every season brings different birds. My favorite section of beach to bird is North Beach. I always head north since it is a bird sanctuary. A few of the birds I have found while walking along North Beach are: Sanderlings, Willets, a few different sandpipers, and possibly my favorite beach birds…American Oystercatchers and Piping Plovers. Many of these birds are endangered and thanks to preserves and state parks along the coast like HBSP they have a safe place to breed and raise their young. Remember if you come across any nesting birds to give them space and never cross the roped off area. Nesting birds are under enough stress, we don’t need to cause them more. If you watch in between the waves as you walk you might see Brown Pelicans, many different terns and gulls, and in winter you’ll more than likely see some Common and Red-throated Loons along with some […]

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My love for Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

One of my favorite places to be outdoors is Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve which is located just 90 minutes south/southeast of me near Southern Pines in North Carolina’s Sandhills area. The Sandhills region is a series of sandy ridges and wide flat valleys. The preserve was established to restore and maintain a portion of the unique longleaf pine forest; it is made up of about 900 acres of longleaf pine forest. It is a fantastic spot for birding and wildlife viewing with over 7 miles of trails winding through the long leaf pines. My first trip down to Weymouth Woods was back in 2018 with my youngest while she was on Spring Break. We were looking for a new place to explore and this place sounded ideal. We were not disappointed! The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect and the trails were calling. Besides looking for a new place to explore and get some exercise in, I had also just read about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and was secretly hoping to see one but since they are endangered I figured my chances were slim to none. Upon arriving, we went in, checked in with the ranger and got a trail map. I have to admit, I could not have timed this any better if I had tried…upon exiting the Visitors’ Center I was met with another Park Ranger who asked if we were looking for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and […]

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