Reason You’re Seeing Flamingos At Tampa Area Beaches
Reason you’re seeing flamingos at Tampa area beaches. If you went to the beach over the long holiday weekend, or maybe out in the boat, you may have seen flamingos. First, this is a vary rare occurrence here in the Tampa Bay area. Flamingos are normally seen in the Caribbean or South Florida, but not in Tampa.
However, over the holiday weekend, Launa was out on her boat and saw flamingos. As she pulled up to the sandbar on Bunces Pass which is near Ft. DeSoto and Tierra Verde, they noticed a bunch of people gathered together. At this time, someone on another boat at the sandbar explained that they were looking at flamingos. Along with a lot of people who have lived here for a long time, Launa has been here 27 years and has never seen a flamingo in the area.
Reason you’re seeing flamingos at Tampa area beaches
Most likely, Hurricane Idalia is the reason they are here, they were carried by the winds. In addition to this, the winds may have taken them a little bit more north than maybe they intended to go. Question is, will they stay?
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, flamingos were native to Florida but disappeared from the state around the turn of the 20th century. You will see about 95% of flamingos in the Everglades, Biscayne Bay, and the Florida Keys. FWC treats flamingos as native species protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
In addition to being called the American Flamingo, they are also known as the Caribbean flamingo and stand around 5 feet tall. In addition, the reason why they are pink is due to the food they eat, mostly shrimp. Furthermore, the pink birds also have black feathers at the edge of their wings, webbed feet for wading in shallow water and a distinctive black tip on their bills.
Launa said they were so fun to watch, so many people were out with big lens cameras. A total of 4 flamingos were enjoying the water and food supply on Bunces pass. Above all, the flamingos did not seem scared of the onlookers. Only thing they had to encounter was a random dog that would run up to all the birds and cause them to fly into the air.
It is best not to bother the flamingos and keep a safe distance if you see them at the beach. We would love for them to stick around.