Good morning dear friends and family. On a happier note, the Storks are back on the little lake behind my home.
The Wood Stork is the only Stork in America. It is locally common in Southern swamps, marshes, and ponds. The bill is long and thick; adult's dark head is un-feathered. Immature has a paler head and neck; yellow bill and is feathered. Wood Storks fly with neck and legs extended; often soars. Wingbeats are slow, powerful and audible. It feeds on fish, reptiles, and amphibians. Nests in colonies in trees. Their call is of humming notes.
When observing them at Huntington Beach State Park in this area, you can see them by the hundreds and watch them fly to the trees in the marsh at sunset to roost for the night. It is so amazing to watch.
So when they grace the little lake/pond behind my home, I am so blessed!
They walk along the shallow banks, digging at the lake bed, stirring up some food, and eating it. So much fun to watch. They are a very large bird in the crane family. They measure a yard in length and wingspan is 66 inches across! I had never seen one until I lived in South Carolina. Such a thrill.
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