Date: 8/13/17 10:34 am
From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Roseate Spoonbills in Metairie
Roseate Spoonbills do appear to me to be occurring with greater frequency in recent years in the canals of the city, presumably an overflow from coastal populations which to me appear to be increasing in southeast Louisiana generally. I drove John Snell around to do a Fox8 piece on them in the canals a few years ago- you can probably find it via Google if interested. We get them in the city almost entirely in late summer and early fall, and usually immatures- fitting the pattern of post-breeding dispersal that is shown by many large wading species. I presume ours are wandering here from the marshes of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, southern Jefferson, etc. but of course it is hard to know.

In my opinion, the neutral-ground canals with the highest likelihood of turning one up are those in West Metairie and Airline, both especially west of Clearview. They have also been reported in years past in West Esplanade's canal, in Algiers, and in Lafreniere Park (as you noted) and the "Shrewsbury Flats" (retention ponds beneath Causeway at Earhardt).

There are traditionally large wader roosts in the evenings at Lafreniere, City Park in Kenner (on Loyola), and in the wastewater plant on the Orleans/Jefferson Line (visible from Monticello), which are probably reasonable places to look for them at this time of year.

Peter Yaukey

From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds <LABIRD-L...> on behalf of James W. Beck <loxosceles928...>
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2017 2:55:01 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Roseate Spoonbills in Metairie


Bear in mind that not every birder or observer 1) uses eBird and 2) has
entered historical data. That said, many if us have been working on
entering older data, but it is far from complete, thus as great as a tool
as it is, eBird is incomplete and not 100% accurate. So, there may have
indeed ROSP records from there prior to 2009, just not entered into eBird.
I was still living in Broussard for many of those years, so I cannot
personally add any other suggestions pertaining to their occurrence there.
I have to say though, that this doesn't at all surprise me. Being that
they have been present for many years in southeast Louisiana (Fourchon,
Venice, etc.), it makes sense that it would only be a matter of time. On
more than a couple occasions, I have seen them in the canals along West
Esplanade in Metairie in years past, while in town visiting family. -j

On Aug 12, 2017 14:38, "Chris Johnston" <cmjohnston...> wrote:

A friend asked me a question today on Facebook about Roseate
Spoonbills in the canals in Metairie. She said typically she only
sees these birds in farmland, like rice fields and crawfish ponds.
Lately, she has noticed them in the city in the canals around Metairie
and wanted to know why they were here.

I went to eBird and looked at data for Lafreniere Park from 1900 to
present since I couldn't search for the canals specifically. Then I
realized there was no Lafreniere Park at the early part of that range
so I started with hurricane Katrina and worked forward, in 5-year
increments, looking only at Spoonbills. According to eBird, prior to
2009 there were no recorded sightings of Roseate Spoonbills in the

I'm wondering if any of the birders or ornithologists here might want
to postulate a reason as to why they appeared only after 2009 and not

Christopher Johnston
Photographer and Workshop Leader
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