Rosie’s mid-morning stroll

This charmer was seen wading – and posing – at Merritt Island NWR.  

Of the world’s six species of Spoonbills, the uniquely beautiful Roseate Spoonbill is the only one found in North America – and the only one that is pinkimg_7066Like many other wading birds, Roseate Spoonbills were victims of the plume hunting trade in the late 19th century. They have also been threatened by pesticide use and habitat loss in the United States. img_7067Although their numbers have increased in recent decades (All About Birds), they are still considered a Threatened species in Florida (Florida Fish & Wildlife).img_7073The lovely Roseate Spoonbills are “resident breeders” in Central and South America and the Caribbean (Florida Fish & Wildlife), and can be found along coastal Texas, Louisiana, and Florida in the U.S.

For more info, see my previous posts on the Roseate Spoonbill.

17 thoughts on “Rosie’s mid-morning stroll

  1. You may only have one specie BJ, and we two, but yours certainly tops it for colour. Thanks for the conservation info also, it is interesting to read how other countries are going with threatened species, as we have so many here in that category.

    • Curiously, AB, I recently read that the plume hunters a century ago were not as interested in the Roseate’s feathers as the Egrets’, because the pink color faded! Thank goodness for the efforts of so many who care about our wildlife.

  2. A Most graceful and beautiful bird, who, as I observe it, seems to be totally unaware and oblivious of its splendid qualities.
    Great post.

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