Before Leaving the OBX…

…there are just a few things deserving mention that didn’t fit into the previous posts about our nearly month-long stay on Hatteras Island in North Carolina this past May. Here are just a few.

First…. birds! In this case, we noticed some geese that seemed to have attached themselves to a family of Canada Geese (or maybe it was the other way around). However it happened, we often saw this cluster of geese waddling near or across the road. I looked in every book I could find, trying to identify the light geese. If you can help out, please, post a comment and enlighten us!


And if you know what in the world this is, we welcome some insight on it. We spotted several of these structures in Pamlico Sound as we took the ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands:


We also explored the Buxton Woods Reserve…


…via a two-track road through the woods…


…but it was humid and the mosquitoes were out in force, so we nixed the idea of walking any of the trails. We preferred the beach!

Although it was tough to see this one-legged Semipalmated Sandpiper hopping along the edge of the water:


Surprisingly, it was still in the area two days later, but on the third day we didn’t see it — a family with a dog off-leash was planted right where we’d last seen the bird. I’m hoping it took wing and is even today someplace safe (although nature is often not so kind).

One day we came across a puffer fish that had washed ashore. No nudging this sucker with our bare feet!

We did make a couple of drives up the island — once to spend a little time around Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills. We paid $2 each to walk out on Jennette’s Pier…


…watching the surfers watching water, hoping for The Big Surf to roll in…


…and happy to see them catching a few good waves:


Sometimes you don’t even have to leave home to see something wonderful. One morning, just out the RV window, we spotted this Northern Mockingbird feeding its youngster:


That reminds me! I haven’t written much about the food on the Outer Banks! Of course, that’s a post all by itself… next time!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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4 Responses to Before Leaving the OBX…

  1. I believe those geese are Chinese geese.
    Here is a link to some pictures, I have seen these on farms in Canada, I believe they are domestic geese.

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks so much! Yes, I agree — the geese we saw looked exactly like the images of Chinese geese. They were like an extra pair of parents, waddling around with the Canada geese. Maybe like extra bodyguards for the little ones… Anyway, we never saw the Chinese geese apart from the Canada geese!

  2. I’m a birdwatcher in Germany, where we call those “Höckergans.” I googled the name in English and agree with voltageexpress, that those are Chinese Geese. Another name is Knob Geese. They are derived from Swan Geese.

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks so much, Ann Marie! Chinese Geese it is 🙂 Although “Knob Geese” is definitely more descriptive! Glad to “meet” you here!

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