It’s possible that Ed Wetzel discovered the northern most nesting Roseate Spoonbill. The rookery on the North Unit of Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area, homes some 2 to 3 thousand nests. The species include Great Egret, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, possibly Tricolored Heron (still looking) and even Double-crested Cormorant (still looking). But confirmed with this photo buried in the middle of the rookery, which is specifically on Carrol Lake just across the county line in Navarro County is a Roseate Spoonbill sitting on a nest.
That photo was taken on June 29, 2014. Hopefully we’ll be able to get some young ones to pop out of the nest soon. Possibly not to be outdone here are two more standing on a nest about 100 feet north of the bird above. This location is more visible from the road.
Hopefully these birds will give it a go as well. I’m sure Ed will be out there every weekend to look for progress. Maybe he can find a Tricolored Heron as well. I wonder how for north they’ve been found nesting.