There are a lot of birds here in Carteret County, N.C. But a friend told me today that the mockingbirds seem to have disappeared from the area, and there aren't many cardinals any more. Some suppose that their range has shifted north, because of climate change. The cardinal is North Carolina's state bird.
But there are still plenty of gulls. They are beggars. And scavengers. And fishers too, I guess. They swoop, soar, and screech. We saw a lot of them at the beach today.