Date: 7/11/18 4:25 pm From: Peter H Yaukey <PYaukey...> Subject: [LABIRD-L] Roseate Spoonbills at the Shrewsbury Flats (Causeway x Earhardt ponds) New Orleans
Three Roseate Spoonbills were at the retention ponds today at around 2 pm. Surprisingly, all three were adults. Spoonbills have become rather regular at this and some other sites in urban New Orleans in late summer and fall, but most are immatures.
More surprising was the presence of a White-faced and three White-faced/Glossy Ibis. Of the regular large waders found in the marshes outside New Orleans, these two ibises are the least frequent to penetrate deep into the urban matrix (save the bitterns). These are the first I have seen here.
A Mottled Duck was also present, also infrequent inside the urban core.
Black-necked Stilt numbers are back up (31), with some youngsters but none small enough to be flightless and thereby confirm that they were hatched at the site. There was as usual a nice variety of other large waders. The flats look great for shorebirds at this point- hopefully the next few weeks will bring some migrants.
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