Wood Storks In Love

Last night in the salt marsh a large crowd of wood storks came in at one point to feed during low tide. The storks were behaving in their usual manner…sticking their bills in the water trying to grab fish, and fussing and squabbling with one another at the same time. This pair however were not involved in any of that, they only had eyes for each other. They spent their time grooming and nuzzling and seemed to be seriously in love. 🙂

Some of you may remember the photos from earlier this month of the pair of amorous wood storks canoodling in a pine tree. Could this be the same pair?! It’s possible, I have no way of knowing for sure, but I can say this is definitely not the usual wood stork behavior we normally see, so these two really stood out.

Wood storks In Love

Wood storks In Love

Wood storks In Love

Wood storks In Love

Wood storks In Love

Wood storks In Love

46 thoughts on “Wood Storks In Love

  1. It’s clear they like each other! What a sweet series. I just love the fourth and sixth photos, but also the progression the series illustrates. Maybe it is the same pair. Awwwww. 🙂

    • It could very well be the same pair from earlier, but we have many wood storks in the artea now so no way to tell for sure. But I don’t see this behavior often in among the group so it could be our love birds!

    • They are a very interesting bird for sure Steve. They have one of the fastest reflexes of any vertebrate. They can snap the bill shut on a fish in 25 milliseconds. I like them as well. Thanks!

  2. I remember the post you did earlier month, Loved it. They could be the same pair, if not, I’m happy to see another pair in love 🙂 Thank you so much for the series, Phil! Happy Sunday.

  3. It actually is rather amazing that nesting herons, egrets and woodstorks do seem so tender with each other. You wouldn’t really get that sense if you never witnessed it.

  4. According to the Birds of North America (from the Lab of Ornithology), this sort of behavior occurs in Wood Storks in early courtship, around the time when they mate with each other. Keep an eye on these guys and maybe you’ll get a shot of some X-rated Wood Stork loving! (Not that birds do anything that actually looks X-rated, but you know what I mean…)

    • I have been surprised to witness this type of courtship behavior in the wood storks since although they do spend a lot of time here in the summer, we never have any nest or raise young here.
      I will certainly keep my eyes open though. 🙂

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