How do you catch a unique bird?…….Unique up on it.

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To kick off this weeks blog post I have a joke to share with everyone:

How do you catch a unique bird?

Unique up on it.

And that we did. When we traveled to South Lido Beach Park last week our class had the fortune to come across the rather rare species of the Roseate Spoonbill. With everyone shouting “is that a flamingo?” i could not tell for myself what kind of bird it was. Its flamingo-like appearance had me confused until the species was made clear my Mrs. Karla.

Throughout childhood questions were presented to children to obtain a response to see what their intentions where for the future, etc. By asking these questions an adult could easily depict the child’s level of intelligence, and creativity. One question in particular was always asked; if you had a super power what would it be?. My answer was always the same: the power to fly. Due to this I have always had an obsession and fascination with birds. They are a species free to do the imaginable yet bound to the ground for life’s necessities. It’s tragic when you really think about it. But anyways back on topic…

I was drawn to learn more about this species of bird because honestly I can not think of many birds that are pink right off the top of my head. Also taking into account one of my favorite colors is pink this whole thing worked lovely. The Roseate Spoonbill actually gets its rosey color from their diet believe it or not. Some scientists believe that the pink color is acquired as they mature due to their diet of carotenoid-rich organisms like shrimp; breathing new life into the old saying “you are what you eat”. Funny thing is the more shrimp they eat the pinker they become. It makes me wonder that a pinker Roseate Spoonbill would be in better health compared to one that was a duller shade; perhaps the shrimp they ate was a bad batch.

After living in  Texas my whole life I just now came to learn that this vibrant species is actual a native to the lone star state as well as southern Florida. It inhabits most of southern to central America but these are just two examples of states that are close to my history as well. Mating these birds is illegal where they are native. The mating season for this species falls between March and June and you can decipher the eggs among others because it is brown and speckled. Once mated the Roseate Spoonbill, like, humans, maintains a monogamous relationship.

Yet there is a price for such beauty in nature. Beauty always attracts attention and not always the good kind. Like many other bird species with a beautiful display of feathers, the Roseate Spoonbills were nearly hunted to extinction during the 1800s because their pink feathers were popular on women’s hats, so hunters from all over the United States competed for spoonbill feathers.

and to end on a funny note..

Why does a stork stand on one leg?

Because it would fall over if it lifted the other one.

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One thought on “How do you catch a unique bird?…….Unique up on it.

  1. I love the tone of your blog post. And very informative too! I would have never thought that these birds had human-like behavior of being monogamous. I am not sure though if their pink color represent better health than a duller colored one. It may all depend on what they are eating, if the animals aren’t rich in carotene, then the bird may not grow to be so pink, but it may not necessarily mean their diet is bad. Still, pink is pretty and yes, I do hope these birds eat more of the same diet so they can be prettier.
    Thanks!

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