Little did I know that the bigger surprise would come a bit later. While scanning the sky for Mississippi Kites, I saw a Wood Stork. This species is quite rare in New Jersey, with one being seen last fall. As far as I know the last prior record was in 2001 !
The last time I saw this species was in Florida back in 2001, so this certainly made my day. Fortunately for others the bird was re-found on Saturday & Sunday mornings. So some friends got to see this bird, which always makes the sighting even more special. Thanks Lisa, for the photo.
Credit: Lisa Ann Malandrino