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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

White-faced Ibis in town

I have been seeing White-faced Ibis for about a week in the Canon City area. They feed in fields flooded with irrigation water then loaf and roost on local ponds and sometimes the Arkansas River. This photo is of part of a flock of about 50 that I caught flying in Florence, a small town east of Canon City. Their distinctive scythe-like bills and large size make them interesting to many non-birders who spot them.

The lower pic shows the interesting "mixed flock" composed of White-faced Ibis, an unusual Ross' Goose (this is west of their flyway), 2 Canada Geese and a horse whose flooded pasture they are sharing. While I watched several ibis were flushed when the horse moved too close for comfort. The horse didn't seem to pay any attention to it's uninvited guests.

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