The Eastern Phoebe who keeps showing up in my front yard:
Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park this afternoon and caught a Belted Kingfisher on the wing, along with a Red Bellied Woodpecker:
Then to see Gram at Westminster Woods. We saw a Great Egret, apparently unrattled by a racooon and two kits:
We also saw a Great Blue Heron, Hooded Mergansers, and a Wood Stork.
Shortly before I snapped this pic of a Wood Stork, a woman at Westminster Woods stopped me and described a bird she’d seen the previous week. It was large and white, she said, with a curving black beak. I asked if its head was also dark and lacking feathers. She said yes. I said it was probably a Wood Stork. I asked her if she had a bird guide at home. She did. I told her to look up the Wood Stork. Funnily enough, just a few minutes later I saw a Wood Stork fly over the lake. And even funnier, when we got back to Gram’s apartment, I looked up Wood Stork in her field guide (from 1947) and couldn’t find it! Consulted Gram’s dictionary, which told me that a Wood Stork is also known as Wood Ibis. Sure enough, Wood Ibis was in Gram’s field guide.