Flamingos Have Been Popping Up All Over

3 September 2023

Aside from a number of uncommon sightings in Florida, flamingos seen within the U.S. usually are not from the wild, they’re escapees from a zoo. Then all of the sudden final week, after Hurricane Idalia, flamingos have been popping up throughout.

At high, 16 flamingos visited Fred Howard County Park close to Tarpon Springs, FL. Under, 6 flamingos stopped by St. Mark’s Nationwide Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles south of Tallahassee.

The teams have typically been a mixture of pink adults and grey kids.

As of Saturday night the totals had been:

  • 100+ in Florida
  • 11 at Pea Island, North Carolina
  • 2 in South Carolina
  • 2 in Virginia
  • 3 in Alabama
  • 5 in Tennessee
  • and a pair of in OHIO! at Caesar Creek State Park. These had been seen for less than a day after which gone.

American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) are native to the northern shore of South America, the Caribbean islands, Cuba, and the Yucatan in Mexico. Hurricane Idalia plowed by way of a number of of these places.

Range map of American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) from Wikipedia

This WKRG video on 27 August exhibits Hurricane Idalia gaining power because it spans the Caribbean, overlaying a part of the Yucatan and all of Cuba. The flamingos would have felt it coming and flown north and northeast to get out of its approach. Discover the decrease velocity winds (shades of inexperienced) on the sting of the climate map. The inexperienced wind observe is the place a lot of the flamingos have been discovered.

video from WKRG News on YouTube

Contemplating the storm observe, the flamingos are most likely from Cuba and the Yucatan together with at the least one banded hen.

Given all of the dialogue in regards to the flamingos now showing throughout Florida (and farther north), this eBird checklist from Amy Grimm is particularly related. This afternoon, Grimm documented 8 flamingos at Marathon, within the Florida Keys, and famous that “One has giant yellow band on the correct leg code DXCL, small silver band on left leg.” Do the bands imply it’s escaped from captivity? No. This mixture — yellow PVC band on one leg with 4-letter code in black letters, abnormal band on different leg — has been used for years within the ongoing venture to band American Flamingos within the large colony at Rio Lagartos, on the north coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Kenn Kaufman at ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group

Flamingo sightings will finish because the birds head residence. For now, take pleasure in them in movies.

video from Tampa Bay Times on YouTube

video embedded from @10TampaBay on YouTube

(credit are within the captions)

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