Big Bird

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This week’s photo, taken April 15, 2014 deep in the forest of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, features the GIANT CURVE-BILLED, ROUND-HEADED, MOSS-COVERED, FERN-SIDED, FOREST-DWELLING PLANTBIRD.

Last week, while hiking along the Sol Duc River in Olympic National Park, we stumbled upon a bird species we had never encountered before. Fortunately, it’s listed in the Guidebook to Large Forest Birds.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sasquatchii Gigantas Fernulea Mosserius Arbolus Olympus

COMMON NAME: Giant Curve-billed, Round-headed, Moss-covered, Fern-sided, Forest-dwelling Plantbird

OTHER NAMES: Chip, Stump, Woody, Grover, Big Bird, George W.

HABITAT: old growth forest of the Pacific Northwest

MOVEMENTS: basically sedentary; does not migrate

POPULATION: one

STATUS: single

BREEDING: interested

FIELD MARKS: various shades of green and brown

SIZE: 10 feet in length

WINGSPAN: undetermined

SIMILAR SPECIES: not a chance

AGE: really old

EYESIGHT: poor

HEALTH PLAN: Medicare

BEHAVIOR: none

MOLT: loses appendages each fall; new plumes appear each spring

DISPOSITION: feels a genuine connection to the earth

DIET: natural, organic and high in fiber

FORAGING HABITS: known for its unparalleled patience; while stalking prey, has ability to stand perfectly still for long periods of time

VOICE: mostly silent; during wind storms, may utter a creaking sound

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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8 Responses to Big Bird

  1. Marlene Prendergast says:

    Very clever. There are a lot of those in the area you now live in!

  2. Hazel Stricker says:

    YOU ARE SO FUN!

  3. April 15th!!!??? Perhaps that was the Tax-Man in disguise, stalking you……were your forms filed?

  4. hmunz@earthlink.net says:

    Hmm…it occurs to me after reading this post, didn’t the state of Washington recently legalize marijuana?!?

  5. Bruce says:

    It just must have been your day.

  6. Judy Zeckhauser says:

    Too funny. He’ll never mate. Wishful thinking in his part! J

  7. Chris VB says:

    this one will hold still for a photo.

  8. kitty robyn says:

    One of my new favorites! Thanks, Kitty

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