Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kingfishers and Woodpeckers

While Kingfishers aren't the prolific migrants that warblers or raptors are, they are still awesome birds and one of my favorites in fact.  Why?  Well, its hard to say, however, as this is a blog, I will attempt to do so.  The only Kingfisher for most of North America is the Belted Kingfisher.  This bird has an impressive beak and an awesome rattling call.  In fact, I have to say that the Belted Kingfisher is just one of the coolest birds around.  Their spiky mane, the cool frosty blue color, and their jet black beak just make this an awesome bird to find around any body of water.  They are also one of the few birds where the female is more brightly colored than the males.  An odd combination but one that makes the world of North American Birds so exciting!

Take the time to enjoy North America's most Common Kingfisher.  Last Winter all the ice forced our resident Kingfishers to leave.  When spaces go quiet they become a bit eerier.  Luckily, the ice melted (thanks global warming!) and the kingfishers returned to my local pond.  While, I don't look forward to the return of ice or snow, I always like to hear the rattling call of the Kingfisher.

A Kingfisher surveying Milford Harbor

Flying across the Water

Can you find the Woodpecker?

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Black-Throated Blue Warbler

The Belted Kingfisher at AllAboutBirds  - Link

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