There is a flock of Ibis that regularly hang out around the neighborhood digging in the dirt for food. There were 8 across the street in the empty lot yesterday and they were all adults although you could see just a teense of tan on one of them (they are brown as juveniles). I get a kick out of seeing them from my porch! Note the curved pink beak and legs.
The weather has finally become a little sunny so I managed to get out for a short walk yesterday. Haven't seen much yet except for my regularly visiting shorebirds.
A preening Great Egret down at Ft. Fisher. He has a bright yellow beak and dark legs and is pretty tall.
A Snowy Egret who is perpetually hanging out in this one spot. I don't see as many of the Snowy Egrets as I do the Greats. The Snowies are about the same size as the Ibis and have a dark beak with just a little yellow. Their legs are also dark with a yellow stripe. They are smaller than the Great Egrets.
There were a couple of juvenile Royal Terns hanging out by the boat ramp yesterday as well. I don't see them as often as the Forster's Terns.
Driving through Carolina Beach State Park, I spotted this Osprey (again, I think a juvenile) off in the distance. Another osprey was flying around.
This is my winter project for this year. I like to have something to do by hand at night when in front of the boob tube. Two years ago I hand quilted the Baltimore Album quilt so this year I thought I would try this queen sized wholecloth quilt. Not sure it will get finished this winter but I will try!! I find hand quilting very soothing. I use a pair of pliers to pull the needles through. It is a purchased printed pattern and hopefully the blue will wash out!!