Literally “tongue hanging out” as in the photo of an unfortunate dead red-bellied woodpecker. Kim thought that it must have crashed itself into glass or some such accident, at any rate found frozen and as life extinct she brought it to the bird walk for “show and tell”.
Such beauty, the feathers, the markings, all of him
And that tongue – we could even see the pointed end with serrations along its edges – what a terrific instrument for getting into the tree bark as required.
The rest of the walk – cold, early morning beautiful Block Island.
Spring is on the way – we saw 21 different species, more than on any previous walk this year. For example, a hermit thrush sitting quite still on a branch, ?contemplating his next move?