Yesterday we awoke to another beautiful and warm November day. There was rain looming offshore, so to take advantage of the good weather I decided to take a walk on the beach in the morning with a friend. When we walked over the dunes we looked down the beach and were met with a sight I'd never seen on Ocracoke before. A blanket of cormorants were standing at the waterline. They were about 30 deep and extending down the beach for a quarter of a mile or more. There were thousands of them. Usually we see cormorants flying in seemingly endless lines across the pink sky around dawn or dusk, but it's rare to see this many congregated on Ocracoke's beach in the middle of the morning. Of course I didn't have my camera with me, but there were so many, a photo wouldn't have done it justice anyway.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about the role Ocracoke played in the earliest English voyages of exploration and colonization in the New World. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112111.htm.