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I would describe the color of the Pine Island flamingo as a bright
pink/orange - very bright. I have been in the back waters around Pine Island
very extensively for the past 3 years and have seen no other flamingoes in
the area. The fishing guides are also talking about this one as being a
"first" and they are on the water every day. The coincidence with Hurricane
Gordon is too strong to dismiss for me. To my knowledge, there are no
parks/attractions with captive birds in the area that could have lost one.
My observations are also that captive birds become dull in color  and this
one is SCREAMING PINK!!!.

I am going to be on the water Tuesday and probably several more days this
week - depending on Hurricane Keith. Who knows, there might be a whole flock
if Keith comes through.
Jim Gray
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From: "Rex Rowan" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 8:06 PM
Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Cedar Key flamingo 9/28.


> Today John Hintermister drove to Cedar Key, climbed Shell Mound, and saw
the
> flamingo over at Derrick Key. He thinks it's a wild bird, pointing out
that
> Hurricane Gordon did blow through flamingo territory prior to visiting
> Florida and that the bird is - a color I cannot find in my Crayola box -
> "flamin' ass red."
>
> A few people have suggested that this may be a bird that escaped from
> Sarasota Jungle Gardens a few years back and has been hanging around
> Sarasota Bay. There's also one south of Sarasota Bay, in Pine Island
Sound.
> Any opinions on the origins of that one?
>
> You just never can tell about any given bird. For instance, I suppose a
lot
> of you are ticking off that Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher I released down at
> Ft. DeSoto yesterday - which I found at Newnans Lake, of course.
>
> Rex Rowan
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