Several groups of Roseate Spoonbills were feeding in the tidal pools - on the mudflats at all but low tide.
We saw about 12-15 birds together with snowy egrets and an occasional Tri-colored heron.
the Roseate Spoonbill has been frequently identified as one of the key indicator species for restoration of the estuarine system (e.g., Science Subgroup 1997, Hobbie et al. 1999).
Thus, monitoring changes in the distribution and abundance of this species will provide a valuable measure of successful restoration.
Excerpted from: http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/sofla/Spoonbills/spoonbills.html