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Take a bike ride to the marshland on Surfside Beach's Intracoastal shoreline. and spot one of these rare roseate spoonbills. Roseate spoonbills capture the pink glow of sunrise in their wings in flight. Those same rosy feathers proved a near death sentence when demand for feather hats decimated spoonbills, great egrets, and other fine-feathered fowl until plume hunting ended before World War I.
Surfside Beach's Intracoastal shoreline is the southern boundary of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is a key location on the Texas Gulf Coast, which drew one the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation - more than 200 species. In winter, more than 100,000 snow geese, Canada geese, pintail, northern shoveler, teal, gadwall, American wigeon, and mottled ducks fill the plentiful ponds and sloughs to capacity. Sandhill cranes join in, too.
In summer, birds that nest on the refuge include ten species of herons and egrets, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, white-tailed kite, clapper rail, horned lark, seaside sparrow, black skimmer, and scissor-tailed flycatcher.
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