Do This: A flamboyance of flamingos

Get the flock out of here.

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Unebelievably, the mockingbird is our state bird. Unvelievable, seeing how so many other birds would be better candidates for that honor, including roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets, sandhill cranes and, now in St. Pete, a flamboyance of flamingos. What’s that, now? Well, we’ve had George and Lucy at Sunken Gardens, but they used to share the Gardens with 15 of their closest friends. Until this month, though, they’ve been living a lonely existence for many years as the final two residents. What changed? Well, seems some 20 Chilean flamingoes have decided to make St. Pete their new home. These aren’t snowbirds, either: They’ll live here year-round. Welcome the birds home at the Flamingo Festival. $10. May 1, 12-4 p.m. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N. 727-551-3102.

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