Date: 7/16/17 7:23 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Roseate Spoonbill, Conejohela Flats, Lancaster County
Thanks, Zach! I may run down tomorrow and will check in if I get lucky!

Have a good night.


Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA

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> On Jul 16, 2017, at 8:23 PM, Andy Keister <akeister110...> wrote:
> I was unable to chase the Roseate Spoonbill yesterday, so I was eager to
> get down there early this morning. I saw the reports of it being seen
> going to roost with the Great Egrets around 8:15 pm the previous evening
> near the Boro Park. Based on past experience with roosting egrets, I
> expected them to fly off some time between first light and sunrise. I got
> there at 5:15 and as soon as I was able to locate the roosting egrets, I
> saw the spoonbill. Soon after, Dave Kerr arrived and he observed it
> through my scope. He set up his scope and we watched it preen and stretch
> its wings until it finally flew off at 5:44. It headed downriver but we
> had a good view of the area below the roost site and Dave and I never saw
> it fly any farther south than our location. I stayed in the park area
> until 9 am, but took one short trip to the boat launch to check things
> out. I believe it's still in the area, just unseen somewhere in the maze
> of islands and channels out there. But if I'm wrong, drive to Camp Hill,
> or Everglades National Park.
> Andy Keister
>> On Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 8:07 PM, Zachary Millen <zjmillen...> wrote:
>> All,
>> Despite long hours of observation today, the spoonbill was only reported by
>> two observers in flight at 5:44am while coming from roost, and at 10am from
>> a location on the York bank of the Susquehanna, looking at the river side
>> of the flats from a good distance. At least one birder covered the flats
>> for 4 hours by kayak, and coverage from shore at either the Blue Rock Rd
>> boat launch or Washington Boro Park was constant all day. It was seen 5-6
>> times in flight from shore throughout the day yesterday, but only the one
>> time today before 6am. Numerous non-birders in kayaks were told to report
>> back if a large, pink bird was seen. I personally believe the bird is no
>> longer present at this location, but I would love to be proven wrong!
>> Zach Millen
>>> On Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 8:22 AM, Dave Kerr <Dsktc...> wrote:
>>> Andy and I saw it on the roost NW of Washington Boro Park.
>>> After stretching its wings a few times, it flew off at 0544.
>>> We have not seen it since. I am currently at the Blue Rock Boat Launch.
>>> Dave Kerr
>>> Carlisle
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