This Is A Weird One

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  1. Bones

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    For the first time in over 50 years, we have a Wood Stork hanging out locally. This is a very rare visitor to Long Island, there have only been something like 20 confirmed reports of them since people started keeping records of such things.

    It has caused quite a stir throughout the Long Island and down-state new York birding communities. Early this morning, we were able to get to see it from a very close distance with no other people around and just watch it wade around and feed.

    In the past these birds have been blown up by hurricanes or other large storms, but that was not the case with this one. It just showed up one day about 2 weeks ago.

    The light was a little tricky this morning and I had to shoot from above on a bridge, so not the greatest pics, but that's the way it goes. 000stork.jpg


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    This is the map of their known range, they are not a widely distributed species by any means.
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    That’s cool to see a sight so rare. And very nice photos!
     
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    Sorry I haven't changed. This is my wood stork. Nice to have you back again with the photos. Always enjoy them. Is there a chance he just followed feeding areas?
     
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    I had no idea that (some?) storks are tropical. Also no idea why that surprises me. I guess the mind springs to macaws and the like.
     
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    Poor thing looks like a perpetual “leg day” skipper
     
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    I have only seen a few on Georgia's coastal plains .
     
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    We get a few seasonal visitors in the preserve where I ride just south of Tampa. It's usually when water levels have gotten too high for them to feed in the Everglades (which is their preferred hangout).
     
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    Glad you got to see it and take pictures. In my opinion that’s one ugly bird. Anytime you get to see something so far from its normal range is exciting.
     
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    Does it mean anything that they are that far north? Maybe because of the mild winter?
     
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    No, it's just one random bird by itself, birders refer to them as "vagrants", it's fortunate that we have the right habitat and food for it to survive until the fall if it stays around that long, but if it doesn't get headed back down south, it will die when the cold weather comes.
     
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    That’s way way wrong!

    I see bluebirds in my area for the first time, but they are not THAT far from normal grounds.
    Seems it's been an odd year for nature.
     
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    i've missed your photos, Bones.
     
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    That’s awesome! Where on the Island was it? Not nearly as exciting as, but I got to enjoy seeing that the baby robins in my backyard (over near the Stony Brook area) had finally opened their eyes on my birthday yesterday.
    Unfortunately didn’t get a chance to take a photo yesterday, but here’s a picture I took (believe it or not just using my iPhone camera into 1/2 of a pair of nice binoculars) from my bedroom window on may 8th, only two days after they hatched. 48921424-2583-41F1-8050-17FBF6C627EC.png
     
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    Thanks for the photos!

    For you bird watchers, here is a live cam on a family of storks back home in northern Germany. They had two little ones in the end of April, then another one a couple of days later.
     
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    Nice photos. The only place I've seen one is Costa Rica, along with their cousins the jabirus, and scarlet macaws.

    D.H.
     
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    Nice pics
     
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    Blimey! Looks like a Sydney Bin Chicken.
     
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    I love birds and never kill them ( except chickens to eat)..
    I had pigeons as pets but built a wooden hutch that cats couldn't get them. They were never nested in by fencing wire.
    One day a cat ate my favourite which had an emerald green breast, a beautiful bird. The cat caught it sitting on a 6' wooden fence.
    Since that day , 55 years ago, I've hated cats .
     
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    Welcome back, Bones.

    When it comes to Photography, you haven't lost your touch!

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    Great pic @Bones. Glad you are back in the fold too.
     
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