11-B-2019 Glossy Ibis

STATUS
Not Accepted
DATE VOTING COMPLETED
1ST ROUND
0-7
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

FIRST ROUND VOTING:

Cliff Weisse
Reject, specific identification not established

The description does not include enough to confirm the identification.

Shirley Sturts
Reject, specific identification not established

short observation - description lacks details needed confirm the identification

Dave Trochlell
Reject, specific identification not established

The description is too general and unconvincing; it does not describe a Glossy Ibis.

Darren Clark
Reject, specific identification not established

These are most-likely White-faced Ibis. My guess is that the observer is not familiar that there are two dark ibis and that Glossy would be very rare.

Doug Ward
Reject, specific identification not established

While these were probably Plegadis ibis, no way to tell which species from the report.

Carl Lundblad
Reject, specific identification not established

Observer doesn't discuss or eliminate the expected and common western dark Ibis, White-faced.

Jay Carlisle
Reject, specific identification not established

no information to separate from the MUCH more expected White-faced Ibis