On a cold, beautiful morning in mid-December, I headed out to Fort Fisher, one of my favorite winter birding sites, to look for sea ducks and sparrows. It was just below freezing, with a hard frost on the ground, a welcomed relief from recent overly warm days.
I started north on U.S. 17 and it was quickly evident that Memorial Bridge was open or there had been an accident or both. Who knew? Traffic backed up between Leland and Wilmington at 8 a.m.? I did not see that coming.
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