[CT Birds] White-faced Ibis

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Mon Jun 30 17:49:49 EDT 2014


I suspect Tuxis Island off East Wharf in Madison.

K Mueller






Quoting Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:

> The presence of an apparent adult White-faced Ibis in late June at
> Hammonasset makes you wonder where this bird is breeding, and with what.
> Last May, on our Big Day, we had a WFIB fly onto Duck Island off the
> Westbrook coast. So is White-faced Ibis breeding in Connecticut? If so, is
> it paired with another WFIB or with a Glossy Ibis?
>
> After our observation last May, I inquired about access to Duck Island. The
> island is completely closed during the breeding season, which I do
> understand is necessary for the protection of the nesting birds. However, I
> had assumed that one could legally stand below the high tide line and
> survey birds from there with a scope - WRONG. That's not legal either
> (sigh). So I guess this will remain a mystery for now.
>
> If anyone out there has special access to ibis rookeries along the CT
> coast, look closely at as many ibis as you can to identify them to species.
> There could easily be more than one WFIB summering along the CT coast,
> particularly as this species expands its range to the east. It would be
> fascinating to know exactly what they're doing here in June.
>
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
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