This migratory flock of Wood Storks was seen on Nov. 17, 2016 at the small lake right behind Freedom Pointe assisted living facilities on El Camino in The Villages, FL. The placid storks were among a throng of egrets, herons, ducks, geese and cormorants at the two side by side little lakes.
The Wood Storks are a threatened species that has been known to fly as far as fifty miles from its nest in search of foods like: aquatic worms, snails, small fish, small turtles, frogs and fish or frog eggs.
The Wood Storks are so calm and enjoyable to watch. They seem to be curious about people but are unfazed when people are in their vicinity. They are not “Tame” but are wild exotic birds. It is very important that people to not feed Wood Storks as it will cause them to become dependent on people’s hand-outs and then the birds will not hunt naturally as much (and the handouts may prove unhealthy for their system). Another thing is that it is against Florida law to feed exotic birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!