Yesterday morning, as I opened my front door, I noticed a buzzing, darting, flying creature moving about from flower to flower in my yard. At first I thought it was a dragonfly, but soon realized that it was a hummingbird. I seldom see hummingbirds on the island, but when I do I find them totally fascinating. Unfortunately, as soon as I stepped onto the porch the tiny bird flitted away. I have no idea which species of hummingbird it was, but I do know that several kinds migrate south in the fall of the year. Maybe this one was on his/her way to Mexico or Central America.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here: