I've always thought they were ugly, no matter the yard arrangement, but especially as Christmas lawn decorations used as alternatives for reindeer. (Can you say, "Uh. . .YUCK!")
I saw a flock of flamingos in the Oakland Zoo a few years back. They were nice to look at, better than the plastic ones, but not very interesting.
My dad told me that the great flamingo (the pink variety) has been spotted for the first time on the beaches where I grew up. They've been spotted in Mississippi and Northwest Florida since Hurricane Fay (and then Gustav, and now Ike) blew into the Gulf of Mexico. A Destin local caught this video yesterday, which was picked up by the Weather Channel. You can see this amazing creature standing his ground in spite of the huge surf (our beaches usually have calm waves, not even a foot high):
What a beautiful bird! I snagged these pictures off Sandcastle Mama's blog. (She lives in Destin, so these are photos her husband took while they were walking on the beach.)
Apparently, the "accidental tourist" is quite a local celebrity.
He looks lonely to me.