Wood Storks and White Ibises, Foraging on Shore

Wood Storks and White Ibises,

Foraging on Shore

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

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BACKYARDS  ARE  FOR  BIRDWATCHING

Yes, for birdwatching, it’s a great day,

When the birds come, to forage and play;

As each ibis probed for bugs,

We drank from our coffee mugs;

When birds come, it’s a great birding day!

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WHITE IBISES & WOOD STORKS (Marcia Webel photo)

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

It was a great morning for birdwatching – Tuesday, November 29th of AD2016. The venue was the backyard (and adjoining pond) of Chaplain Robert and Marcia Webel, of St. Petersburg, Florida. There (from time to time) several birds arrived, hungry, picking for (and pecking) bugs along the pondshore, supplemented by a lot of bread crumbs that we tossed toward them. One Wood Stork stretched out his wings, as if trying to pretend to be an opened umbrella. The White Ibises ignored him (or her), as they were busily hunting (and often finding) things to eat, in the marshy grass at the pond’s edge. It was a great day for birdwatching — more of which is already reported at “Appreciating White Ibises (and Other Birds in Florida)” [posted at https://leesbird.com/2016/12/06/appreciating-white-ibises-as-well-as-dozens-of-other-birds-in-florida/ ]  –-  but, come to think of it, every day is a good birdwatching day, so long as the birds show up!   (The best birding blog, of course, is  LEE’S  BIRDWATCHING  ADVENTURES  PLUS,  at  https://leesbird.com/ !)    ><>  JJSJ

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