Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 10, 2011 Presqu'ile Birding White-faced Ibis and Eared Grebe!

Had a great day birding Presqu'ile Provincial Park. The Saturday's birding trip was for shorebird watching but that changed quickly once a plegadis ibis either Glossy or White-faced was seen flying from Gull Island and landed near Beach #1. This put all of us in high gear from our walk from Owen Point towards Beach #1, with hopes of the ibis being there. After some scanning the ibis was finally found along the shoreline near Beach #1. The lighting was great and we had a close study and could see that the eye colour and facial skin was red , important field marks for telling White-faced Ibis from Glossy Ibis. This is likely the same ibis that has been in the area since July. Before all the excitement started we managed to see the Eared Grebe, still in breeding plumage, off Owen Point.

White-faced Ibis photo: RD McRae

White-faced Ibis along the shoreline near Beach #2 at Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

The red eye colour was easy to see through a scope.

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