The Glossy Ibis has become a regular summer visitor to the marshes of southern Maine. Feeding in huge flocks, their redish-black plumage gives off a shimmer in the sun. The flock in this photo had 197 birds in it.
Here is where the fun starts . . . somewhere along the Maine coast, in one of there huge flocks of Glossy Ibises is a White-faced Ibis . . . a close relative of the Glossy but a bird that summers west of the Mississippi River. The White-faced had a red eye (the Glossy has a black eye). The White-faced has red legs (Glossy’s are gray). Their bills are gray and brown respectively.
So Ingrid and I spend a lot of time scanning Glossy Ibis flocks looking for a single bird . . . we’ve seen the White-faced Ibis twice this month.