Bird #40 — Belted Kingfisher

megaceryle (large) alcyon (from Halcyone, of Greek mythology, daughter of Aeolus, god of the winds who, with her husband, Ceyx, was transformed into a kingfisher)

Monday, July 30, 1979 — 5:00 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

This bird was flying branch to branch through the trees on the island on Sulky Pond.

Sulky Pond is oval in shape, covering about three acres.  There is a long, low (frequently-flooded) island in the center.  This island is covered with brush and trees, many of which are dead.  At one time, the pond was circled by a racetrack where sulkies raced.  Hence the name.

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