Wading birds are doing great,
Not thanks to the “freeze,” but rather to the “water:”
Or rather lack there of – as a result of previous years’ droughts.
The rains that followed the drought years super-charged the water column with small critters which – in the absence of big fish in the food chain – transformed the Everglades into a treasure trove of small fry for the wading birds to feast on.
You have to go back to 1940 to count this many birds in the Everglades.
Soon thereafter leading to the birds’ decades-long demise.
The tropical “city” birds at the zoo – over on the coast – rode the freeze out “behind closed doors” in the balmier realm better known as “inside.”
They congregated by the thousands “outside” in a non-descript mangrove roost above a pool of “heat-radiating” deeper water.
Make no doubt:
Wading birds know the “cold” as well as they do the “water.”
Even better – they can take care of the cold with their own hands.
Or rather … wings,
And a good deep water roost to fly to!