11-B-2019 Glossy Ibis

STATUS
Pending
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
2
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Peery
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Tetonia, Idaho, Intersection of W 4000 N and ID-33

5 miles east of Snake River
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Farm land
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
Sighting duration: several seconds from car. Birds were flying the same direction as my car, so I had time to notice several features.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
No, not at all
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, another day after the observation
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
allaboutbird.org
idahobirds.net
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Bodies appeared similar in size to a duck. They were dark, had long necks and long curved bills, and short legs. Feet appeared webbed.
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Flying south east in a pair.

This is the second year I have observed the same birds flying over this location.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I positively identified glossy ibis last year at the same location, also flying southeast. However, this second sighting gave me the chance to observe specific details that would eliminate other species.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Not shorebirds: bodies were dark, legs were short
Not ducks or geese: bills were long and and curved
Not herons: Bodies were too small, legs too short, bills were very thin
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
Same birds observed last year at same location.

Herons fly over my house daily.
Geese and ducks fly over weekly.
Shorebirds are common along the bike route which I use twice a week
We have seen swans and sandhill cranes landing in the farmland along the same bike route
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Novice
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
None