Thursday, October 2, 2014

Five Roseate Spoonbills on Jamie Blvd

Today the foraging aggregation of waders was present again, as last Friday, in the drainage canal along Jamie Boulevard on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, by Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy.

In a tight stretch of the ditch (15 yards?), there were:
30 Snowy Egret
7 Great Egret
2 White Ibis
1 Tricolored Heron
5 Roseate Spoonbill

This foraging concentration has been absent on most days- not sure what happens to suddenly draw the birds in.

No Little Blue Heron- funny how Little Blues seem to consistently avoid road-associated drainage ditches and canals.  I have been doing a lot of ditch and canal monitoring over the last year or so, and seen only a single Little Blue.

As I crossed Lapalco headed back toward the Huey P Long bridge, a flock of six dark ibis (White-faced or Glossy) flew over- not a frequent sight inside the urban perimeter.


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