Roseate Spoonbills at Lafreniere Park in Metairie

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Roseate Spoonbills are one of the most distinct birds in Louisiana. The Greater New Orleans area seems to get an influx of them in mid to late summer where they first arrive in the coastal marshes of Lake Pontchartrain and can soon be found in City Park, Audubon Park and random canals around the city. This one at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, Louisiana is an early arrival this year. (6/9/2014)

I’m not going to lie.  Lafreniere Park is like a refugee camp for abandoned animals.  The sheer amount of bunnies and chickens in the early summer is just staggering.  But, despite the actions of a few VERY IRRESPONSIBLE people, it is a pretty cool place.

The bird island sanctuary is an amazing place to see wading birds and water fowl, especially in late summer and mid winter.  Today, I saw my first urban Roseate Spoonbill of the year.  And if that isn’t enough to convince you to check it out, there’s a Black-bellied Whistling Duck with ducklings that are easily the cutest ducklings I’ve ever seen.