One part of calling Bogue Sound my home, that makes it fantastic, is living amongst the birds! Picture this, sitting in an Adirondack chair, facing Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway, watching and listening to the birds flying, poking around down in the salt marsh or sitting on the pier. It is amazing to watch the Pelicans and Forrester’s Terns fall out of the sky, dive and make a big splash, trying to catch a fish.  It is fun watching the blue or green Herons, Snowy Egrets and Ibis standing like statues in the marsh, stalking their prey. The Martins catch your eye as they swoop by chasing mosquitoes.

You have to chuckle as the Seagulls laugh and squawk about something. It is interesting to watch the Cormorants out on the pier, with their wings spread, trying to dry out, after diving. It will surprise you when there is a thump on the pier, as the Seagulls drop clams or scallops, to break them open, for the treat inside. You can tell when the weather is changing, when the Canada Geese and Merganser ducks start travelling in large groups north or south. The birds are interesting and entertaining every day in all seasons.


Boat activity! That is the other thing I check constantly looking out toward the Intracoastal Waterway ( Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway are for fishing, kayaking, sailing, etc., but it is a major “highway” also! You will see cruise ships, ferries, Navy and Coast Guard vessels, large fishing and shrimping boats. You can tell the season is changing when you notice all the huge yachts and sailboats heading north or south. You know the Spots or Blues are running, when the ICW starts looking like a Walmart parking lot. Sometimes, the barges passing by are so long, they seem to take an hour to go out of sight, with a tugboat or two helping them along. In the sound, I watch the the fishermen setting and pulling nets, checking crab pots, fishing and clamming. The shallow areas of Bogue Sound are busy with kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, Hobie and Sunfish sailboats, Jet Skis, Sea Doos, Waverunners and other personal water craft. The Emerald Isle Public Boat Ramp is a fantastic facility developed here in the past few years. Picnic and playground facilities have been added recently. It is entertaining and fascinating to go there and watch all the coming and going.

Driving over the B. Cameron Langston Bridge from Cape Carteret to Emerald Isle causes many reactions and emotions. Some have a fear of heights, it is nearly a mile long and more than 6 stories high at the peak. Others become very excited anticipating getting to the beach and their beach house. Many have a sense of relaxation, looking out at the water and islands. Everyone is awestruck, depending on what is happening in the sky, clouds, sun or moon, rising or setting. Some see how beautiful it is at night, watching the trail of lights coming and going.Those of us fortunate enough to live here feel happy and sad, depending on which direction we are going!

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Written by Ron Webb

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I have lived in Carteret County for twenty years, twelve of them on the Bogue Sound in Emerald Isle. My background includes experience in healthcare, as a Speech Pathologist, and as a business owner in healthcare professional recruitment. I have lived mostly in Kentucky and Texas before moving to North Carolina. When I am not busy with church activities, I golf and explore the outer banks and mountains of North Carolina. I enjoy solving problems and helping people find what makes them happy. I am excited about telling people the benefits of living here along the Southern Outer Banks. Call me at 252 622 1505 or email me at, I would be happy to come look at your property or help you find your next (or second) home.

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