Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Belted Kingfisher

Either I have been very unobservant for the last 20 years, which is possible, or I have never seen this bird before. On our nightly walk along the Mississippi River we have noticed lots more wildlife. For the past two nights we have seen a distinctive looking bird and it seems to have a raucous call. Some research in my bird guide led me to discover that this bird is the Belted Kingfisher. For more information, you can visit the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Although the picture most similar to the birds we saw can be seen at e.Nature.com. Another good site for sound and video and tons of information - click here. The University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web also provides good information as does Field Guide to Birds of North America. Keep your eyes open and be alert, you too may see something that is new to you!

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