Spoonbill Arrives! Finally…
After being disappointed all of last month making it the first July in five years that we had no spoonbills in the marsh, one finally showed up today! It was just the one, but we were thrilled to see our pink visitor back again to start off August, plus we have hopes that some of his friends may also arrive at any time.
When we first spotted the spoonie, he was in the back far edge of the pond hanging around with some tricolor herons, a snowy egret, and an alligator. He soon left and flew all the way across the marsh landing in a pine tree where he had a noon day nap.
After leaving the tree he went back down into the marsh where he posed for a few pictures, then took off again to join some wood storks that had gathered back in a far corner.
We may try going back this evening for low tide in the salt marsh to see if he goes there to feed. Otherwise, we hope he stays the night and that we can find him again tomorrow, hopefully with some pink friends!