Spoonbills Standing Around

Lined Up in the Fog

After seeing the Tundra Swans in the fog we drove around a perimeter road at Bear Island  Wildlife Management Area Sunday morning. We came upon this line of Roseate Spoonbills and pair of Avocents standing in a shallow pond.

Spoonbills and Avocets
Spoonbills and Avocets

The Avocets flew off and the Spoonbills milled around.

Spoonbills Standing Around
Spoonbills Standing Around

The fog didn’t dissipate much, even by 9:30 am, but the light was shifting and oddly the air didn’t feel wet. The Spoonbills didn’t seem to mind and performed their usual behaviors.

Spoonbills Standing Around
Spoonbills Standing Around

We have been seeing groups of up to 25 Roseate Spoonbills in a few locations in this general area. Interestingly they are all juveniles with fully feathered heads. As they mature over three years their pink color darkens and they loose most of their head feathers.

 

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