It is always a thrill to see a Roseate Spoonbill in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. There is small a population of these birds that spends the summer in and around the metroplex—usually in our most remote locations. This first year juvenile has made a very early arrival. He was very tolerant of our observations and allowed a relatively close approach for photographs. Hopefully, he is an indicator of a summer full of good and plentiful spoonbill sightings.

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Roseate Spoonbill - First of Season

Observation Details

County Dallas
City Seagoville
Date Apr 21, 2013
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Water-Bog/Marsh/Swamp
Type of Behavior Roaming
Gender Uncertain
Maturity Juvenile
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Roseate Spoonbill Observation Location

8 Replies to “Roseate Spoonbill – First of Season”

  1. Nice photos. The Short-billed Dowitchers in photo six are a nice touch, too. At least I think they are Short-billed Dowitchers and not Long-billed Dowitchers. The two are hard to distinguish when not together.

    1. Yep the Dowitchers are hard, which is why I did not mention them. I have heard that the two species can be differentiated by the way they probe the water… I will have to research that further!

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