Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Back to real estate and finance tomorrow. On my way down the Bypass yesterday, I spied a kingfisher sitting atop a highway sign in front of the Belk Center in Kill Devil Hills. In my opinion, kingfisher's look far more like the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker than most woodpeckers. I've seen kingfisher's all over the world, and for the technically minded the species we see in North Carolina is the Belted Kingfisher. Kingfishers nest in the banks of canals and waterways, usually burrowing a tunnel 1 to 8 ft. deep. They perch above the waterway and hawk insects and grab small minnows, tadpoles and the like that rise close to the surface. This kingfisher was making use of the long stormwater ditch that runs the length of the shopping center. As always, click on any image for a larger picture.