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UNCLE JACK'S WEBLOG
Thursday, February 2, 2017
February Comes in Like a Lamb
Wednesday February 1, 2017 was a great day to be alive and well, especially if you happened to be on the Outer Banks at the time. With a high temperature in the upper 70's and nothing but sunshine all day long it was hard to find anything to complain about.
Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. have been putting off a visit to the Pea Island Bird Sanctuary until conditions were conducive and yesterday they were. They drove down to the headquarters building in the morning, observing the progress of the new Oregon Inlet bridge on the way, and strolled out on the pathway along the north pond. Unlike on previous visits the pond was loaded with swans and ducks who seemed to be enjoying the weather as much as they were.
After a pleasant hour of bird-watching from a comfortable bench at the edge of the pond they returned to South Nags Head, packed a lunch and headed for the beach to check out the local fauna. In the course of the next two hours they were treated to the antics of a pod of dolphins feeding about 50 yards offshore, the southbound flight of numerous flocks of white birds which appeared to be seagulls of some kind---hundreds of them, several diving ducks at work in the surf right in front of them, a passing trawler, two large seagulls who took position a few feet away---no doubt hoping for a handout, and numerous dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoying unleashed freedom as their owners strolled down the beach, leashes in hand.
Uncle Jack has always thought winter was the best time to be on the Outer Banks and yesterday did nothing to change his mind. He is happy to report that he and Mrs. Uncle Jack have gotten their ducks in a row, so to speak, and will be spending most of the winter here for the first time in several years.


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This group of swans was in constant motion during our stay, as were the small ducks in the foreground.

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This group appeared to be snoozing and never moved a muscle.

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This little trawler scared the dolphins away. Luckily it was not dragging its nets as it passed by.

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Plenty of room for everybody on the beach in South Nags Head in February.

posted by Uncle Jack at 11:01 AM

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Except for short hiatus in Baltimore Uncle Jack has lived in Nags Head for over 45 years. He was a columnist for the Outer Banks Current and its successor, the Outer Banks Sentinel, for 20 years. A collection of his columns is available from Amazon Kindle under the title Uncle Jack's Outer Banks. He and Mrs. Uncle Jack, aka Sue, live in South Nags Head whence he observes and sometimes comments on the passing parade.
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