Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-54

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 06/11/2013
Time: 7:10 pm
Length of time observed: 6 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Ogden Bay WMA south entrance
County: Weber
Distance to bird: Ten Feet
Optical equipment: Pentax 10x50 Binoculars
Weather: Partly Cloudy/Clear
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: 18-20" tall
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Slender
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Purpleish brown
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long, down curved.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Black eye, blueish face with light white edges of face stopping on top and bottom of eye (not extending around the eye). This is the first Glossy I've ever observed. After years of attempting to turn juvenile White-faced Ibis into Glossy, it was astonishing how east it is to tell the difference (especially at a distance of 10').
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Cautiously and slowly moving away from me.
Habitat: Pasture with standing water.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
WFIB. Face was blue, not reddish, black eye and the white edge around coloring on face didn't go all the way around eye.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Extensive with White-faced, first known encounter with Glossy.
References consulted: Different field guides/memory
Description from: From memory
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Taylor Abbott
Date prepared: 06/13/2013
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: Had camera at home charging batteries (just returned from Lytle) and had no intentions of even birding that day.