Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-012

Common name:

Glossy Ibis

Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Date: 04-23-2014
Time: 17:10
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Location: North Access, Ogden Bay WMA
County: Weber
Elevation: 4300'
Distance to bird: 20 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax 12x50 Binoculars, Canon Powershot sx50 hs camera
Weather: Sunny
Light Conditions: Good, at our backs.
Description:        Size of bird: 24"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Long legged wader
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Purple-ish brown with iridescent green
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long down-curved
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Gray legs and bill, dark eye. Lores were dark blue to light blue with edges light blue. The line at edge of face was light blue and stopped at the top and bottom of eye, did not extend around eye as it would on WFIB.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Was feeding when initially found, the second half of observation it was standing motionless. (Stance seen in photos)
Habitat: Grass field flooded by irrigation.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
WFIB- bird in question had all gray legs, dark eye, blue face and edges to face were blue as well but did not extend around the eye.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have only seen a couple of Glossy Ibis but am very familiar with WFIB.
References consulted: Memory from numerous field guides.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
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: 4/29/14
Additional material: Photos