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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

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LINTON, Ind.

- Bird watchers are flocking to southwestern Indiana to see a rare, pink bird that's been hanging around a wetlands area for weeks.

State wildlife officials say a Roseate Spoonbill showed up in early June at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area about 35 miles southwest of Bloomington.

The bird is slightly smaller than a flamingo, with pink feathers and a spoon-shaped bill.

Goose Pond property manager Brad Feaster says bird watchers from across Indiana and also Illinois have flocked to the park to see and photograph the bird, as recently as last weekend.

Since the 1850s, there have been several reported sightings of the tropical bird species in Indiana, but a June 2 encounter was the state's first confirmed sighting.



http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-in-rarebirdsighting,0,1443187.story
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