Saturday, June 24, 2006

Wood Storks in Indiana

A couple of Wood Storks have just been reported from Gibson County in Southern Indiana.

This is the time of year when a lot of southern species, specifically herons/waders, tend to wander north and west. These Wood Storks are probably a classic case of post-breeding dispersal, although I like the term "wanderers" a bit better. (Post-breeding sounds a bit naughty, doesn't it?)

Will this summer present the opportunity for me to rectify the biggest "dip" of my birding career? Of course, I am speaking of the infamous Palos-area Wood Stork that appeared in the Chicago suburbs a few years ago -- in a spot I regularly bird -- while I was in freakin' Australia. I still claim that the Palos bird was an escapee, but no one is buying that. The BINAC staff is headed to South Florida next week, so while we are looking at Wood Storks down there, don't be surprised if my bad karma sends one up Chicago-way.

Now back to my painting, with interludes of Avisys-ing.


Anonymous said...

I hoped I saw a wood stork in southern Ontario in June of this year--distant sighting of large, large bird, with apparent large white shoulder patches--but sadly I was persuaded that it was a sandhill crane that had been hanging around the area. A good bird for me, but no wood stork!

Birding is NOT a crime!!!! said...

Well, keep your eyes open...I'm not sure if there are any records of Wood Stork for Ontario but you never know what might show up.