Thursday, September 26, 2013

Glossy Ibis - 20 Jul 2013

This Glossy Ibis was reported sighted for about the last week at Pt. Mouillee SGA in Monroe Co., MI.  Though it was only 7 am  when I refound it I was still able to get some digiscoped images from 150' away before it flew to deeper parts of the Humphries Unit.  This is the first Glossy Ibis seen at Pt. Mouillee after several pairs of White-faced Ibis and GlossyXWhite-faced Ibis hybrids had been reported the last several years. A rare bird report was submitted to the Michigan Bird Record Committee.

Examination of the face reveals dark brown eyes with no hint of red, and blueish facial skin that ends behind the eyes.  Hints of red eyes and facial skin behind the eyes raises questions of White-faced Ibis and White-facedXGlossy hybrids.  This bird appears to be a real-deal Glossy.

When the bird flew I was able to get some flight shots showing molting of the P9 primaries.

The weather was not particularly favorable for photography, but I did get some record shots of a Horned Grebe that was seen in Cell 4 (NW corner) and a somewhat obliging Song Sparrow in very early light.

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