HIGH POINT — A rare, pink visitor to High Point this summer apparently was not a storm-blown refugee but part of a baby boom, according to a wildlife writer.
A young roseate spoonbill, a pink wading bird that’s rarely spotted this far north or this far inland, attracted a flock of birdwatchers to Oak Hollow Lake in June.
But contrary to popular thought, its appearance here had nothing to do with being blown afield by storms, according to Kenn Kaufmann, the field editor for Audubon Magazine.
Kaufmann wrote in an Aug. 31 article that this summer young roseate spoonbills — which have a white, feathered head, while adults have naked, greenish heads — have shown up as far north as New England and as far northwest as the Great Lakes. New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Michigan had their first-ever sightings.
“It’s normal for young roseate spoonbills to move north during their first summer,” Kaufmann wrote. “This year, as in 2018 — the last time many spoonbills wandered to the northeast — the breeding season apparently was very successful, producing a bumper crop of youngsters. Higher numbers increase the odds that some will travel farther than usual, and increase the chance that birders will find a few of them.”
Before this year, the last time a roseate spoonbill was reportedly seen locally was, indeed, 2018.