A Wood Stork flew over the yard today.

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Wood Storks are large birds, about 40 inches long with a wingspan of about 5 feet. There is a spring breeding colony of Wood Storks not too far from us, so it isn’t unusual to see one flying by.

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A couple of years ago I came across a young Wood Stork by the side of the road near the school where I used to teach. I had my camera with me so I stopped to take some photos. You can tell it’s a juvenile by its head–adults have a bald dark scaly head, which you can see above, while this young bird had spiky feathers on its brownish head.

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The young Wood Stork stayed long enough that day for quite a few photos!

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One more of the Wood Stork flying today.

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