Our autumn birding cruises are in full swing this season at Hammocks Beach State Park. Fall marks the time of year when many coastal birds are migrating south for the winter. Aboard the cruise, local birding expert Jo Anne Powell teaches passengers about this migration and about the birds they see while meandering through estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound. Often resident and migratory birds can be found feeding, resting or perching within the marsh and maritime forest habitats, and dolphins are occasionally seen as they rise above the brackish waters to breathe. Ospreys, egrets, brown pelicans, and great blue herons are common sights as they soar across the lush green marsh grass. During the September cruise, a total of 18 bird species were identified during the two-hour block and 22 during the October cruise, which included the sighting of a bald eagle.
The next birding cruise is scheduled for November 16.
Also a full moon photography cruise will take place on November 6.