Towards the end of fall we see a lot of departures on the Outer Banks. While the winter still sees its fair share of visitors, most vacationers have returned home and won’t head back to the beach until the spring. We also see most birds heading south for a warmer winter. But what is sometimes lost in the mix of this mass exodus is the return of a few winged friends that have been visiting this area longer than any of us. They’re also the reason that the Town of Duck got its name.
Duck, NC was given the name for the ample amount of waterfowl that migrate to the shores of the Currituck Sound each winter. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that Highway 12 passes so closely to the sound that you can see all of these birds feeding and resting on the water. Every morning I keep one eye on the sound to catch a quick glimpse of them. You can spot snow geese, blue geese, Canada geese, and a few other of their kinfolk as well as mallards, wood ducks, and more.
This morning on my drive through Duck, I had to pull over to admire and photograph a few geese feeding on the calm waters of the sound.