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paulkienitz

something like a fancy willet... and glossy ibis? (no, white-faced)

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What kind of shorebird has this fancy of a back pattern?

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On another topic, last year in the Sierra foothills, we saw something that we visually IDed as glossy ibis... but the best picture I got was pretty poor.

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Is that sufficient for confirmation?

I'm going back to the same place this weekend -- maybe I'll see them again.  There were sandhill cranes there too.

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What would make you say this is a glossy ibis over a white faced? Glossy are very rare out west and there is a year round population of white-faced in the sierras

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maybe... I looked through dozens of willet pictures without finding anything like those back spots... though I think I found a rough match eventually.

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The willet is molting out if its dark breeding plumage into gray nonbreeding, so it appears to have spots.

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What would make you say this is a glossy ibis over a white faced? Glossy are very rare out west and there is a year round population of white-faced in the sierras

Huh.  We didn't get that close; we probably saw it as a better match for glossy than white-faced just because most of them looked very dark.  I didn't at the time look at the range map.

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The Ibis I'm most likely incorrect about it was just a guess the bill seemed a little off for white-faced to me, I can't say I looked at the range map either. Here is a picture of a Willet in similar plumes...

 

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kozmik111:
What would make you say this is a glossy ibis over a white faced? Glossy are very rare out west and there is a year round population of white-faced in the sierras

Well, I got back to the same place a year later, and this time I got good pictures of the ibises.  (Or is that "ibes"?)  These alleged white-faced ibises do not show any trace of white faces...

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But when I took a deliberately overexposed picture to bring out the colors, which were pretty near pure black to the naked eye...

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...it looks like the irises might be red.  If so that confirms white-faced, right?

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You are right about the red iris Paul. That confirms White-faced. It would be an extreme rarity to have that many Glossy Ibis in California at one time.

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I have never seen a "white faced" ibis with a white face.  And, after being used to dull grey Willets, I was astounded when I saw one in breeding plumage....... sure looks like a different bird when it's all duded up!

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lol i said the same thing about the first willet i saw that wasn't during winter, i thought i had a new lifer

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When I posted a molting willet here a few weeks ago, I had to be argued into believing that's what it was.

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