Happy New Year!
In honor of the iconic image of a stork bringing in the New Year baby, the January bird of the month is the Wood Stork. Unlike some former birds of the month that can be found in many places, the Wood Stork has a limited range in the United States. Fortunately, here on the coast of Carolina, we are graced with this huge and lovely bird in the wintertime. The Wood Stork is the only stork that breeds in the United States (in Florida), though most Wood Storks breed in Central and South America.
Wood Stork in Flight
The Wood Stork is a social bird, flying and hanging out in flocks. Notice the way it flies with its neck and legs extended.
It is a beautiful sight to see a tree full of Wood Storks on high.
NOTE: The Wood Stork was formerly sometimes called a Wood Ibis. It is not an ibis at all! Here is a Wood Stork and a White Ibis high in the trees.
If you would like to learn more about the Wood Stork, visit the National Geographic and Cornell Lab of Ornithology websites below:
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