Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-41

Common name:

White Ibis

Scientific name: Eudocimus albus
Date: 6-14-2017
Time: 12:50pm
Length of time observed: 2 hours
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: ?
Location:  Famrington Bay WFMA
County: Davis
Elevation: 4200
Distance to bird: 10m at closest
Optical equipment: Nikon 10X50 Binoculars.
Weather: Sunny, calm, warm-77F
Light Conditions: Bright light of mid day
Description:        Size of bird: 25in
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Large Ibis
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: white, pink bill and legs
(Description:)            Bill Type: long and decurved
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Pretty straight forward ID. All white Ibis, black tipped primaries, pink bill and legs, blue eye etc.

First reported 2 days early on 6-12-17 by multiple observers, I had actually spend much of the previous 2 days looking for this bird, but gave up, only to get a call that it had been relocated and promptly resumed the search with positive results.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery:  none heard
Behavior: Feeding in wetlands,occasionally flying short distances
Habitat: Freshwater wetlands
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The most similar species are actually Egret, and many were present giving many false positives before the actual Ibis was located. No Egret has a decurved pink bill or black primary tips.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
yes,many in Mexico and South America
References consulted: memory
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: SLC,UT 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: many
Date prepared: 6-17-17
Additional material: Photo
Additional comments: ebird checklist: