Driving home the other day, I encountered a wading bird, a crane or heron, that I’d not seen before. This is in Wisconsin, not far from the Horicon marsh, but in very hilly Kettle Moraine country.
The two birds in question were standing beside the road, and at first glance, I thought they were two young deer, they were so big!
The birds were a darker brown, and had black tailfeathers which dangled towards the ground. Towards the backs of their heads, red feathers (or something) came down from off the crown of the head and hung down over the back for at least 3 or 4 inches. They were a good 3 to 3 and a half feet tall, perhaps more.
I’d not noted their like before. And I’ve been no stranger to the wildlife of the Horicon marsh either.