Since one-third of the name of this column is Wildlife, it’s my duty from time to report on unusual critter cavortings.
This spring has had some strange ones to be sure.
Let’s start with flamingoes. Yes, that’s right, we have a flamingo or two in Texas. They’re usually pink. A Texas-dwelling bird often mistaken for a flamingo is the roseate spoonbill. So, when I first read about the flamingo, I thought, ”Oh, sure. Somebody saw a roseate spoonbill and thought it was a flamingo.”
Thirty-six years ago, my now wife was new to Texas and with me near Rockport. She yelled, “There’s a pink flamingo!”
Nope. It was a spoonbill. She knew we had strange stuff here, like nine-banded armadillos, so she got a pass on that. She’s now an excellent birder and pretty good at identifying all critters.
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