November 23, 2014

The Eastern Phoebe who keeps showing up in my front yard:

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Eastern Phoebe

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park this afternoon and caught a Belted Kingfisher on the wing, along with a Red Bellied Woodpecker:

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Belted Kingfisher on Wing, with Red Bellied Woodpecker

Then to see Gram at Westminster Woods.  We saw a Great Egret, apparently unrattled by a racooon and two kits:

Great Egret, Raccoon, and Two Kits

Great Egret, Raccoon, and Two Kits

We also saw a Great Blue Heron, Hooded Mergansers, and a Wood Stork.

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Hooded Mergansers

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

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.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

One thought on “November 23, 2014

  1. Gary Whiting

    Hi Anne,
    Love your new blog, thanks for sharing. I’m replying through your blog’s “Leave A Reply” function just so you can see how it works. I really enjoy your bird photos and look forward to seeing new posts. Let me know if you get this message.

    PS: My blog is also on WordPress, at http://mvsouthernspirit.wordpress.com

    Gary

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