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Birders tickled pink when roseate spoonbill showed up in Chesapeake watershed

Apparently, it all started on June 17 when Mikey Lutmerding spotted the unlikely pink visitor flying off into some nearby trees. It was pretty far away and only in view briefly, but Mikey knew he had just seen an extremely rare Chesapeake visitor: a roseate spoonbill.

Lutmerding entered his sighting into the popular eBird mobile birding app, making it the first record of a spoonbill in Calvert County, MD, and just the fourth record of the bird in the state. Mikey’s not just any birder, he’s a pro: a wildlife biologist for the incomparable U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Breeding Bird Survey, which is headquartered at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel. Besides, he had the pictures to prove it, posting them on the popular Maryland birders Facebook page.

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