Subtropical bird spotted in Connecticut for first time
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut bird watchers say they were delighted to see a pink bird more often found in subtropical areas flying around their state recently.
The roseate spoonbill is usually found in South American marshes, Central America, and the southern U.S., but have been spotted in New England this summer.
Hearst Media Connecticut reports that Paul Raccuia first spotted the bird in Stratford on Sept. 14. It was seen again at the Connecticut Audubon’s Milford Point Coastal Center on Wednesday.
One birder says it appears to be the same one seen in Maine earlier this summer.
The Audubon says seeing a roseate spoonbill in Connecticut was unheard of before this summer.
A society spokesman says it may stay in Connecticut for a few weeks if it can find enough food.