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Cold spell sends roseate spoonbills seeking shelter - The Galveston County Daily News: Outdoors

July 30, 2016

Cold spell sends roseate spoonbills seeking shelter

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 6:25 pm

In the recent cold spells, the birds tried to stay warm as well.

Birds keep warm with help of an accelerated metabolism. But the higher heart rate also brings along a higher stress levels, which could possibly have a negative impact on nesting rates this spring. However, nesting rates are also dependent on water levels, so if we see little flooding within the next three months, all is not lost.

The best bet to find wading birds during a cold norther is inside a lagoon sheltered by shrubs. Despite the lack of sunshine, the pink feathers of this flock of roseate spoonbills still managed to stand out as the birds took off with a gust of wind.