"News Just IN !!" The mystery has been solved. These are Mississippi Kites. I often see these master acrobats sailing and diving but this is the first time I have ever seen one pitched in a tree top !! Thanks Fred for this awesome picture and identifying the birds.
It just wouldn't have "been right" had we not seen one of these rascals (muskrats) out foraging.
We stopped for brief visit at Roanoke River Partners' fabulous "Conine" camping platform.
Back in May, this couple came to spend a day exploring the Roanoke.
Giant cypress trees thought to be over 1,000 years old, antique logging equipment left behind in the early 1950s, steam equipment over 100 years old, 200 species of birds, and a variety of animals make the lower Roanoke River a nature lover's paradise.
I provide guided, paddle and power boat trips to see these fascinating sights. Along the way, I will share river history that I am sure you will find interesting. Call or email me for price information.
A hunter happened to pass by. He helped us get back into the Ole Simmons and gave us a "shove off".
This fun four-some joined me for a day trip down the beautiful Cashie River.
But, "All good things must come to a pause". I am looking forward to these nice people returning soon, for another fun and interesting day on the Roanoke.
This "fully grown" water snake is enjoying a bask in the sun. "Calm down Pam, this is as close as we are gonna get!" :)
We packed up again and traveled a bit further down the river, to do some exploring and to take great pictures in the Roanoke River Wetlands.
The Cashie is said to be one of the oldest, deepest, and cleanest rivers on the east coast of the US.
As the sun began to lean to the west, we drifted past what was thought to be, the "deepest hole in the Cashie" (per Harry Thompson). It is said to be approximately 72 ft deep. Early boatmen said the hole "had no bottom". It is thought that water entering from large springs, would suspend the weights on the end of their "sounding strings".
This Prothonotary Warbler flew over to check us out.These beautiful birds are very common in the Roanoke River Wetlands.
We found this tree where a beaver had obviously "bitten off more than he could chew" !
We did a "stop-over" at Johnson's Mill Landing for a wine and cheese party.
This group was a lot of fun. I feel certain that the guy on the far right, has at some time in his life, been a stand-up comic. He kept us all "in stitches". :)
As we approached the upper end of "The Gut", we were spied upon!! Not too sure what these two guys are. Could they be Northern Goshawks ?? Some of you "birders" help me out. They made an awesome silhouette against the later afternoon sky.
We made our way down the river to enter the lower end of Devil's Gut. Now, we will "ease" back up this 8 miles of backwater wonderland.
We approach the dock at Windsor's Roanoke Cashie River Center, and mark the end of another great trip on the awesome Cashie River.