We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
All summer we see and hear the sturdy Belted Kingfishers rattling up and down the stream with their dipping flight pattern, hunting for minnows and small water critters. During migration, I have seen them around salt water inlets too, but I think they prefer freshwater streams.
I have no idea where they have dug their nest: they dig nest holes in banks, and are highly territorial.
Our Belted Kingfisher is found across the US and Canada, and there are a number of species of Kingfishers found around the globe.
Another bank-nester is the drab Bank Swallow, which nests in colonies near water. I have only seen a couple of Bank Swallow colonies in New England - one of them had about a hundred nests - and they are very local in distribution, unlike the Kingfisher. Apparently man has expanded their distribution because road-cuts provide good cliffs for their nest holes.
Photo: A female Kingfisher. The males don't have the red band.
There's a Bank Swallow colony in a bank along the Cliff Walk overlooking York Harbor Beach, and I've often seen a Kingfisher surveying the scene from atop a highwire that passes over an inlet of the York River between Harris Island and Western Point Road.
Hey, my rose breasted grosbeaks are back after a many year hiatus. I put a little bit of sunflower seeds in the feeder for them and they are still here after 3 days. We have to stop loading the feeder in May because it attracts the bears. We made an exception for some old freinds.