28-B-2018 Glossy Ibis

STATUS
Pending
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
Three
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
John Holland
OTHER OBSERVERS
George White
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Teton River between Hog Hollow Road put in and the Old Dam. We encountered the birds about halfway down the float along the bank of the Teton River.
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Grassy bank and silted eddy off main channel of river.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
Siting was about 5 minutes in broad daylight from our raft. We pulled over to view them and they seemed to be unphased by our presence and continued to feed in the silted in bottom of the eddy. The weather was 80 degrees and sunny. Very little wind at that time. We came within 8 feet of the birds on the bank/river.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, later the same day
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
Online resources and Mary Holland, Naturalist in Vermont who is acclaimed author of many nature books (and my Aunt!)
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Long curved bill similar to white ibis. Brown head and darker brown body with teal/darker green iridescent wing feathers.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Calmly feeding on river bottom and standing in grass.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I sent a photo to my Aunt the evening of the siting and she confirmed the bird as she has seen them in the wild.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
NA
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
None to date
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
I do a fair amount of amateur birding as I had access to Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary as a child in Sanibel Florida.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES