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Tradewinds December 2016 CC Web Final

December 2016


YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY Follow OBX News as it happens Top Stories This Month Tools to help you identify our November migratory birds Better birding requires quality binoculars. Cheap binoculars cause eye strain, fog up, and need regular replacement from poor craftsmanship. When purchasing binoculars, a general rule is buy the most expensive name brand you can afford. They are expensive, but worth it. You will probably not fi nd good binoculars at a box store. Binoculars are described as numbers, like “8x42.” “8x” is power, or magnifi cation – objects appear 8 times closer than with the naked eye. Avoid binoculars over 10 power, or with built-in zoom. I generally recommend 8 power for brighter images and a steadier grip than higher-powered ones. “42” is the diameter of the objective lens (the end you don’t look through) in millimeters. Larger objective lenses let in more light, meaning brighter, clearer images, better images in low light, and larger fi elds of view. Avoid binoculars with small objective lenses, like opera glasses. They make it diffi cult to spot your target, and are frustrating in the fi eld. Twisting eye cups are important, particularly for people with glasses, who can twist the eye cups in for a larger visual fi eld. Otherwise, the effect is like holding binoculars away from your eyes while looking through them. Other important features are: close focus, quick focus, water resistance, lens coatings, and overall component quality. I recommend visiting a bird store to compare and try binoculars, or try other birders’ binoculars. Field guides are extremely important. Beyond the fi eld, you will reap huge rewards studying them before trips, reviewing birds afterward, and reading the introductory pages. Guides with drawings and with photographs complement each other; I recommend a couple of each. Buy guides sorted in taxonomic order, not by color. Don’t try to keep them pristine – bookmark pages and make notes. In the field, one mistake is seeing a bird, immediately opening your guide, and letting the unknown bird leave before getting a good look. Study the bird well, noting all the fi eld marks you can, and use your guide after. The biggest element to better birding is fi eld time! Whether birding remote areas or your neighborhood, the more time outside, the more you observe, and the more identifi cations sink in. November is great for waterfowl around the Outer Banks. Pea Island, Mattamuskeet, and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges are great for ducks, geese and swans. At least 17 duck species are possible, including rare Eurasian Wigeon. In American Wigeon fl ocks, look for red heads – those are Eurasians. Also look for Snow Geese and Tundra Swans! Use a spotting scope for distant birds. Story and photos by Jeff Lewis At Pea Island, lighting is best and birds are most active during mornings. If you are inexperienced or visiting, try the Visitor Center’s Friday morning bird walks, beginning at 8:00 a.m. An experienced guide helps you see and identify birds in that area. Scan the ocean for fl ocks (strings) of southward-moving sea ducks: Black, Surf, and White-winged Scoters, and Long-tailed Ducks. Also migrating are Common and Red-throated Loons, Horned Grebes and Northern Gannets. Popular scanning spots include the dunes opposite Pea Island Visitor Center and the end of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Mornings often produce better fl ights, but afternoon light is best. At Pea Island, and sometimes Mattamuskeet, is the American White Pelican. Previously rare in North Carolina, they are now winter regulars. Look for them – the largest white birds! – in North and South Ponds at Pea Island. For backyards, fi ll feeders and scatter mixed seed on the ground. White-throated Sparrows have arrived. We will likely have Red-breasted Nuthatches this winter – and maybe Purple Finches and Pine Siskins! For this article in full, visit and search [tags]. Happy birding. UNABLE TO WORK? • DENIED BENEFITS? • WE CAN HELP! SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY Fighting for Your Social Security Disability Benefits for Over 20 Years! “ Applications/Hearings/Appeals Immediate Access to Experienced Personnel We Strive For Quick Claim Approval Free Consultation I could not be happier about the job performance of BGA. They have proven that they are there to help unfortunate people who are in need of a helping hand. America should be proud to have them represent those in need. I would recommend them to anyone -Gil B. Call for an Immediate Evaluation (800) 749-5230 Bill Gordon & Associates, a nationwide practice, represents clients before the Social Security Administration. Member of the TX & NM Bar Associations. Mail: 1420 NW St Washington D.C. 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YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY Follow OBX News as it happens Call For Entry For Spotlight On Performing Arts The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts and Dare County Arts Council are co-presenting the Spotlight On Performing Arts exhibit, which will be on display February 11- April 28, 2017 at Duck Town Hall. The theme of the 4th annual exhibition is Spotlight On Performing Arts, which will refl ect many facets of the performing arts, including musicians, singers, musical instruments and scores. “DCAC is delighted to partner with the Outer Banks Forum for this show,” said Dare County Arts Council Programs Director Fay Davis Edwards. “It’s always exciting to see how our visual artists interpret the work of the performing arts. We are very much looking forward to seeing the incredible entries in this year’s show.” Artists who are members of either the Forum, Dare County Arts Council, or residents of Dare County are invited to submit up to three original works of art in two or three dimensional visual arts media for the exhibit. A full prospectus can be found at Top Stories This Month The Best in Show Award recipient will receive a cash award and their work will grace the cover of the 2017-18 Forum Playbill. The Playbill is distributed to 500 individuals and businesses throughout the Outer Banks. An artist reception will be held February 11, 2017 at Duck Town Hall from 3-5pm and will feature an awards presentation, light refreshments and an opportunity for the community to help select the People’s Choice Award. The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profi t organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses. Outer Banks Chevy is sponsoring the Spotlight On Performing Arts exhibit. Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profi t arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. “This vibrant collaboration continues to bring together the extraordinary talent of our area’s performing and visual artists,” said President of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Eddie Cooke. Winter Lights brighten up nights at the Elizabethan Gardens Millions of lights are once again brightening winter nights from November to January at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo. WinterLights, presented by Southern Bank and funded in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, runs special nights and weekends through Jan. 21. This year, the team has worked to re-create images familiar to patrons while dreaming up new ones to wow the crowd. For more information, please visit or call 252-473-5558. Elizabethan Gardens held Nov. 26, 29, 30; Dec. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays); and Jan. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 (Fridays and Saturdays) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are: Adults $11; youth (ages 6-17) $9; child (5 and under) $6. Extended passes are available. Members get a $2 off each WinterLights ticket they purchase. Last tickets are sold at 8:15 p.m. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 250 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? Working on bringing the sparkle to this year’s WinterLights is Taylor Marrs, a theater veteran on break from his design work with Thingamajig Theatre Company in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Marrs joins Nikki Conley, a Manteo resident who has worked four-years on the WinterLights creative staff. Since 2010, Lights, holiday sights and other events are part of WinterLights at The In addition, musical groups will perform on select Friday and Saturday evenings of the holiday light show. Buy tickets in advance by calling 252- 473-3234 or visit the website and consider purchasing through Brown Paper Tickets. For photos or more information on Winter- Lights, go to: or call 252-473-3234. Albemarle Tradewinds December 2016 31