apologies: It seems I tapped an invalid address when trying to send a
timely update from my cell-phone around the noon hour.
Thanks: to Tony Lau for HIS timely update this morning. The bird was at
precisely the new location he mentioned, the farm on the NW corner of CR 8
and 345th St. When we first checked the woodlot, the stork was nowhere to
be seen, so we drove a large rectangle around the area, searching. When we
returned to the spot, the bird had emerged on the north side of the woodlot
tree-line, to feed at the edge of the field, where two women pointed it
Our thanks to them, also. When the bird spread its wings and flew, low,
back into the woodlot, one of them managed to spot it with her scope. The
view was quite obscured,, as it was perched far in, mid-canopy, in the
shade. Several of us struggled to get views then, detecting different parts
when the bird moved.
Eventually it seemed to desert its perch and fly out toward the SW, so Rob
headed around the corner to the opposite side of the woodlot, where he
re-located it. Others followed, and the bird offered good views. Then some
crows began to harass it, so that it rose up in flight, giving a truly
spectacular look and an impressive display of grace in flight. Evading the
crows, it rose in expanding circles above the field, the trees, and us
admirers. Eventually it dropped low, appearing to re-enter the woodlot on
the north side.
I had thought the Wood Stork to be rather homely, or at least ungainly, but
it no longer seems so. The striking black wing-tips against white plumage
seemed elegant, and its flight rivaled the grace of the pelican's. It now
seems more appropriate that it shares a lovely feature with Snowy Egrets--
its "golden slippers."
Linda (and Rob) Whyte
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