When I got to the spot the bird was reported, it was no where to be seen. I spoke to a local and he said he knew of small creek about a quarter mile up the river that could be good habitat for the Limpkin. Since I have already spent half a day on the bird, I figured I might as well try. So I paddled up river. A quarter of a mile turned into a mile but I found the creek and eventually spotted the bird. These kinds of adventures are a major part of why finding birds is so much fun.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Limpkin - Aramus guarauno (29Jul2015)
You have about the same odds seeing a Limpkin in North Carolina as you do getting struck by lightning. However, on the 29th day of July, the unlikely happened. Of course I had help, the bird was found by someone else the day before. I have seen Limpkins in Florida and the Bahamas but seeing a bird that is not expected in your state just kicks it up another notch. Another thing that made this bird even sweeter, I had to haul my kayak up about 4 hours west, then kayak up a river for a couple hours.