Apparently the bird didn't fly north across the bay to Ft. Barrancas. Or else it doubled back to the asphalt piles where it was seen at 11:30 today by Sam and Scotty Taggatz. Sam nearly levitated out of the water while swimming when it flew over his head eastward toward toward Pensacola Beach. This bird is moving about a lot, and if you're interested in it, you'll need to look anywhere along the north shore of Santa Rosa Island as the most likely spots. I'd be sure to check out the Little Sabine, the Big Sabine, the pond area near the EPA lab, etc. The bird has a lot of good areas to loaf and feed with few people around.
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From: Lucy and Bob Duncan
To: AL-BIRDS ; CBA ; [log in to unmask] ; FLORIDABIRDS
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 10:55 AM
Subject: flamingo on the move!
A flamingo (the Opal Beach bird ? ) was seen about 10:00 a.m. at FT. PICKENS. It was seen by Patrick James flying toward Ft. Barrancas from the area around the lakes that are just west of the two big asphalt piles. (For those of you who have missed earlier reports, this bird appears to be the Destin bird which showed up at Opal Beach between Navarre and Pensacola Beach last Thursday.)
I expect to hear from the group who went to Opal Beach by boat this morning whether or not they saw the bird.
We have an east wind, so if the flamingo flushed from Opal Bch, it would have easily made time flying west ( closer to ALABAMA ! ) to the Ft. Pickens site.
I feel like I'm trying to track a hurricane keeping up with this bird........
Alabama, heads up !
Gulf Breeze, FL
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