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Hi gang,

Sue and I just saw a Glossy (or White-faced) Ibis fly from over Ellis bay 
to Heron Pond (western shore) at Riverlands. It then flew across the pond 
to its eastern shore. A few minutes later it flew a couple hundred yards 
west of Heron Pond to tall grass. While in the grass, it was invisible. 
Once it hopped briefly above the grass for a few seconds and then flew down 
again. This was seen between 4:45 and 5:00 pm.

Sue and I both watched the bird on its first approach to Heron Pond -- Sue 
with binocs and I with a 20x spotter. We had a good clear look for 20-30 
seconds. The body profile and decurved beak are unmistakable. In the late 
light, we could not distinguish between a Glossy Ibis or White-faced Ibis. 
After watching the grass for a while in fading light, we decided it would 
not appear again and headed home.

We also saw some of the usual suspects:

Canada Geese
RB Gull
Gadwall
Mallard
Tr. Swans (~15)
GW Teal
Coot
3 mature Eagles
Hooded Merg (12)
White-crowned Sparrow
Killdeer
PB Grebe
Male Northern Harrier

Although we have seen Ibises in Florida and Texas, this was the first Ibis 
we have seen in Missouri (and none in Illinois). This was very exciting for us.

Tom and Sue Fuller

Jersey County, Illinois

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