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Sunday, July 26, 2020

My Wild Neighbors: Belted Kingfisher

I'm thankful for you, Susquehanna River. Each day I am fortunate enough to spend a little time upheld and carried along by your current while sitting in my kayak is a good day. Your water is a gift, as is it's flow; and your quality is yet another gift to be counted, as subaqueous contours provide habitat for a great multitude of aquatic insects, fish, reptiles, and amphibians as well as some mammals including the muskrats and beavers who make home along your banks. Your tree neighbors who line these banks between Lockhart and Font Street bridges are a gift to count as well! While accounting for the gifts you bring to this community I would be remiss not to mention the varied avian species who live here; eagles, herons, and mergansers each presenting unique character of their own.

Now I turn to you, belted kingfisher, for you are one of my favorite neighbors in this Susquehanna River community. These flowing waters are blessed by your bold character and your punk-rocker flare the whole year long and the rest of us are better for it. Friend and envy of fishermen, at once revealing the best fishing spots and making it look all too easy. What a gift to watch you hover on the wing just before plunging your whole body beneath the water's surface, and in no time you're back on the wing, most of the time, it seems to me, beak full!

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