The Hooded Mergansers were showing off their fine feathers and were doing all sorts of dancing behaviors and Bill and I watched for some time.
There were also some Ruddy Ducks mostly sleeping and a female Hooded Merganser in the foreground. No diving today!!
There were a lot of Horned Grebes down by the boat ramp.
We spotted this juvenile Cooper's Hawk sitting in a tree at Carolina Beach State Park.
Sunday morning brought extra icky cold windy weather which is perfect for sighting Northern Gannets from the porch!! Gail was the first to see them! They are a beautiful very large elegant bird which usually spends its time out over the ocean except for these stormy days when you see lots of them.
This is my sister Gail and her husband Bill in front of the most beautiful Japanese maple (which doesn't show unfortunately) at the Arboretum.
The Camellias were blooming and this is a nice pansy garden for all my northern friends!! It is cold but we have flowers here all year round!!
Tomorrow pictures of all the birds that came down to the boat ramp on the morning that they left (but fortunately which they were able to see on their way to the ferry and going home).