Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-09

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 04/24/2009
Time: 12:03 PM
Length of time observed: fifteen minutes
Number: two
Age: adult
Sex: ?
Location: Forest Street west of the Bear River Visitors Center
County: Box Elder
Distance to bird: 60 feet
Optical equipment: Swarovski 10x binoculars
Weather: overcast
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird: 23 inches tall
(Description:)       Basic Shape: ibis
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brownish red and irridecent green/blue
(Description:)            Bill Type: long heavy downcurved
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
(See the photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: active foraging
Habitat: marsh filled with cattails
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
White-faced Ibis - very dark eye, brownish bill and grayish legs
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
seen several
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: From memory
Observer: Jack Binch
Observer's address: 1564 Crest Circle - Sandy, Ut. - 84093
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified this bird: several later
Date prepared: 4/27/2009
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Two birds that were identical - photos of each