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   Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus


   Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) - GLIB (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Aug 1, 2018 @ 9:40am, 16 day(s) ago
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late August. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please
    do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee 2018-002 Slaty-backed Gull 6 Jan 2018 San Gabriel River, LA (two observers, documentation complete) 2018-018 Slaty-backed Gull 5 Feb-18 Mar 2018 Marina/Pt. Pinos, MTY
    (documentation from 1 observer, addl documentation requested) 2018-026 Slaty-backed Gull 1 Mar 2018 Half Moon Bay, SM (no documentation received, documentation requested) 2018-056 Slaty-backed Gull 17 Mar 2018 Don Edwards NWR, SCL (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-073 Slaty-backed Gull 18 Feb 2018 Vernalis, SJ (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-044 Glossy Ibis 13 May 2018 Susanville, LAS (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-046 Glossy Ibis (2) 24 May-19 Jul 2018 Woodland WTP, YOL
    (documentation from 3 observers, addl documentation requested) 2018-072 Glossy Ibis 16 Jun 2018 Big Valley. LAS/MOD (single observer, documentation complete) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the
    CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online
    submission form ( http://www.californiabirds.org/report_sighting.html ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable)
    photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That
    really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people,
    then send as many photos as possible that show the bird at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively
    short, most audio recordings are small enough to be submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please
    contact the secretary if you need to submit a file that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location,
    at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally,
    this description should be written as soon after observing the bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate
    a written description. The most important aspect of a written description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation,
    and a description of the bird (size and structure, plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used,
    distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions, length of time viewed, and other observers present. 
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  3. continuing Glossy Ibis at Woodland WTP LINK
    DATE: Jun 17, 2018 @ 10:17am, 61 day(s) ago
    Finally made it up to Woodland yesterday (Saturday, June 16) to look for the reported Glossy Ibis. I arrived just before noon and spent the better part of three hours looking. Not sure if the bird was out foraging or just had its head down for the first two hours. Around 2:30, it started moving around a bit and showing its distinctive blue-stripe facial pattern.
    
    To help other birders zero in on the nest, I've included some landscape photos with the nest location circled in red. That should limit the number of nests you have to pick through.
    
    See https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46594222
    
    I never found the nest that was reported in the first reed clump.
    
    Bird on,
    
    Bruce Mast
    Oakland
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  5. Glossy Ibis continues in Yolo County Jun 5 LINK
    DATE: Jun 5, 2018 @ 1:35pm, 2 month(s) ago
    One Glossy Ibis was observed from 9-9:50 am today, June 5, at the Clean Water Plant in Woodland, Yolo County. As others have noted, in the NW corner of the pond, the 'island' of reeds closest to the road appears L- or T-shaped when viewed from the north. The Glossy Ibis was on a nest partially obscured just above water level on the north-facing edge of the island a bit left of center. A Common Galinule was briefly in front of the Glossy. One or two Yellow-headed Blackbirds were around.
    
    Dave Weber, Milpitas
    By phone
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  7. Re: [CALBIRDS] Glossy Ibis or Hybrid ID suggestion LINK
    DATE: May 14, 2018 @ 3:38am, 3 month(s) ago
    Re: Ibises, It's worth checking out this thread from LABIRD-L:
    
    http://losbird.org/plegadis.html
    
    That's LA as in Louisiana, not Los Angeles; and both species do occur there.
    
    tl;dr: These species are much tougher to separate than we usually
    
    think; hybrids make the ID even tougher; this is an area of active
    
    research; and it really needs expert attention.
    
    On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 7:46 PM, stevestump@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    > 5/13/2018 4:45 PM
    
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    > This morning I found an Ibis that I would like input on. I entered it into eBird as a Hybrid Glossy x White-faced because of the pink ankles and knees. Is it possible to be a Glossy Ibis See the pics on my checklist. Lassen County, Susanville WWTP. Thanks, Steve Stump
    
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    > https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45632515
    
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  9. Re: [CALBIRDS] Glossy Ibis or Hybrid ID suggestion LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2018 @ 7:24pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Hi Steve, That’s an interesting bird, and quite possibly a female Glossy
    Ibis. I encourage you to submit photos and a description to the CBRC, where we
    might ultimately be as confounded as you. I’m fascinated by ibises, and
    periodically spend an hour or two looking through the myriad photos that are
    available online. I recently spent some time investigating the frequency of
    reddish ‘knees’ in Glossy, and came away with the impression that this trait is
    rather rare. While apparently pure birds can be found, like an April bird with ‘bubblegum’
    knees on Greg Lasley’s Texas website, and this May 2001 Alviso bird   on Joe Morlan’s site ( https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/glib.htm ),
    I find it unusual enough to consider hybrid origin when present. Note that an
    interesting hybrid at the Baker sewage ponds in June 2016 ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S30076782 )
    had reddish knees, as well as telltale pinkish tones within its central facial
    skin. Speaking of facial skin, one thing I find curious about your bird is the
    bluish gray coloration of its facial skin, with the same light color being
    present on the orbital ring (very unusual). I looked through hundreds of photos
    of breeding season Glossy this afternoon, and nearly all of them had dark slate
    interior facial skin, helping to set off the crisp bluish borders. The absence
    of that feature, in combination with the color of the knees, does make me
    wonder if your bird might be a hybrid. However, here are photos of an equally interesting
    ibis taken on the LA River in May 2016 ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/94434086@N05/27339243396/ )
    that also sports reddish knees and lacks dark slate facial skin, yet was
    considered an acceptable Glossy. It also has a curious eye color (possibly dark
    ruby), and a strong violet cast to the tertials (see Sibley 2001). Bottom line,
    there is still much to learn about hybridization and its variable phenotypic
    expressions in these sister species, and I suggest you share this record with
    the committee. Jim Pike Huntington Beach
    
    On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 4:46 PM, stevestump@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      5/13/2018 4:45 PM
    
    This morning I found an Ibis that I would like input on. I entered it into eBird as a Hybrid Glossy x White-faced because of the pink ankles and knees. Is it possible to be a Glossy Ibis See the pics on my checklist. Lassen County, Susanville WWTP. Thanks, Steve Stump
    
    https://ebird.org/view/ checklist/S45632515
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  11. Glossy Ibis or Hybrid ID suggestion LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2018 @ 4:46pm, 3 month(s) ago
    5/13/2018 4:45 PM
    
    This morning I found an Ibis that I would like input on. I entered it into eBird as a Hybrid Glossy x White-faced because of the pink ankles and knees. Is it possible to be a Glossy Ibis See the pics on my checklist. Lassen County, Susanville WWTP. Thanks, Steve Stump
    
    https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45632515
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  13. News from the California Bird Records Committee LINK
    DATE: May 2, 2017 @ 3:50pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee held its annual meeting at the Psomas offices in Pasadena 27-28 January 2017. Belatedly, here are some of the highlights of that meeting.
    
    COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
    
    Jon Dunn, Rob Fowler, and Justyn Stahl were elected as voting members. Steve Rottenborn, Scott Terrill, and Tom Benson were re-elected as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, respectively. The terms of Brian Daniels, John Garrett, and Jim Tietz expired.
    
    REVIEW LIST
    
    Little Gull was removed from the Review List on the basis of the total number of accepted records (118 at the time of the meeting) and relatively straightforward identification. Magnificent Frigatebird was removed based on the number of recently accepted records
    (75 since the species was added to the Review List in 2010), and Magnificent/Great/Lesser Frigatebird was also removed. No new species were added to the Review List , but one species group (Salvin’s/Chatham Albatross) was added .
    
    OTHER DISCUSSIONS/DECISIONS
    
    The Committee discussed the following issues that may be of general interest to birders:
    
    There was extensive discussion of offshore boundaries and the manner in which offshore records are logged by the CBRC, based on recent suggestions by several birders. The Committee did not make any major changes in approach; it will continue to report the locations
    of offshore records based on “closest point of land” (including islands) without assigning the record to a particular county. Legal county boundaries exist in nearshore waters and certain bays, but for offshore records, the CBRC will continue to report only
    the county in which the closest point of land lies.
    
    The Committee established an “expedited review” process by which records of easily identifiable species that are well-supported by photo, video, and/or audio documentation supporting the claimed identification are evaluated more quickly than in the standard
    review process. Integration of the CBRC records evaluation process with eBird was also discussed. Although the CBRC will continue to consider how the CBRC and eBird processes can assist each other, no specific decisions regarding changes in Committee procedures
    were reached.   Identification of subadult Masked and Nazca boobies, including the age at which characters allowing definitive identification may appear and how hybrids between the two species can be identified (or eliminated)
    in the case of subadults, was discussed. The CBRC will reach out to experts on these species to gather more information for use in evaluating records of subadults. The Committee also discussed records of Plegadis ibis that appear to be Glossy Ibis except for
    small amounts of pink, red, or purple that was not reported by the observers but that is visible in photos (sometimes limited to a few pixels at high magnification). The potential for such colors to result from some aspect of the photographic process, rather
    than representing actual pigment, was discussed. Determining when (and whether) hybrids can be eliminated in the case of certain species pairs that are known to interbreed, such as Masked and Nazca booby and White-faced and Glossy ibis, will continue to be
    challenging.
    
    Among the specific records that were discussed, two are worthy of some explanation here. The possible Red-backed x Turkestan Shrike at Manchester S.P., Mendocino County 5 Mar-22 Apr 2015 was previously evaluated as a Brown Shrike by the Committee and not accepted
    as such. At its recent meeting, the Committee reiterated a previous decision not to formally review it as a Red-backed x Turkestan Shrike. The Committee felt that the 2015 paper by Pyle et al. (North American Birds 69:4-35) did an excellent job evaluating
    the identity of the shrike and concluding that it was most likely a Red-backed x Turkestan hybrid, but that even that paper expressed some uncertainty in this conclusion. Committee members did not feel that the CBRC could bring a more definitive conclusion
    to this identification. The Committee discussed whether to add Gray Thrasher to the Supplemental List based on the 2 August 2015 record from Famosa Slough, San Diego County. The Supplemental List is for species with records that have not been accepted on the
    grounds of questionable natural occurrence, but for which a majority of members believe there is enough potential for natural occurrence for inclusion on the Supplemental List. In the case of the Famosa Slough bird, the condition of the bird’s feathering,
    feet, and bill suggested prior captivity strongly enough that the Committee did not feel that the record warranted adding the species to the Supplemental List.
    
    The CBRC discussed the possibility of forming a subcommittee to consider whether/how the CBRC might formally evaluate records of birds showing the characters of well-marked subspecies that meet the Committee’s general criteria for review species. The Committee
    will reach out to individuals (including non-Committee members) who might be interested in serving on the subcommittee and explore this idea further.
    
    The Introduced Birds Subcommittee (IBSC), consisting of Kimball Garrett, Jim Tietz, John Garrett, and Tom Benson, will continue to monitor whether any introduced species warrant addition to the State List. In the case of introduced species that have been added
    to the state list in other states (e.g., Florida), the IBSC will look into the species’ relative abundance and distribution in California vs. other states where the species have been added. The IBSC will also consider preparing a list of all introduced species
    that have been recorded in California, perhaps ranking them according to some as-yet-undetermined status designations.
    
    Please feel free to visit the CBRC’s webpage at
    http://www.californiabirds.org/ for updates and additional information. If you have any questions about the CBRC, please contact Steve Rottenborn ( chair@... )
    or Tom Benson ( secretary@... ).   Finally, I will continue to serve as the occasional CBRC “spokesperson” on Calbirds for the coming year.  I’m not currently on the CBRC, so just the messenger…   Kimball L. Garrett Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA (213) 763-3368 kgarrett@... http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections/ornithology  
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  15. new photos online LINK
    DATE: Jun 14, 2016 @ 9:25pm, 2 year(s) ago
    I just placed photos of Glossy Ibis from LA, Laysan Albatross photos from Mendocino, a few other California birds, and a bunch of photos from Arizona on my Recent Photos gallery (Pine and Tufted flycatchers, Slate-thr. Redstart etc).
    
    enjoy!
    
    John Sterling
    VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
    
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    Woodland, CA 95695
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  17. Glossy Ibis Report in Santa Barbara County (?) RFI LINK
    DATE: Jun 5, 2016 @ 4:56pm, 2 year(s) ago
    I may try for the Glossy Ibis in Los Angeles tomorrow.  However, there is an unconfirmed Ebird report today of Glossy Ibis near Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County. Given that it is ’continuing and seen by many’, near Hwy 101, and seen with a White-faced Ibis,  I’m guessing this is actually the LA bird but somehow the location got mixed up. If I am wrong, I apologize. Is there any other detailed info on this Glossy Ibis   Also, any updates on the LA bird would be greatly appreciated.   Thanks, Dave Weber, Milpitas
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  19. RE: [inlandcountybirds] Glossy Ibis at Baker sewage ponds LINK
    DATE: Jun 4, 2016 @ 9:05am, 2 year(s) ago
    The Glossy Ibis appears to be a hybrid. Pursue at your own risk.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [inlandcountybirds]"
    Date: 6/4/16 8:31 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com, calbirds@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: RE: [inlandcountybirds] Glossy Ibis at Baker sewage ponds
    
    The Glossy Ibis continues at Baker sewage ponds this morning, June 4.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [inlandcountybirds]"
    Date: 6/3/16 3:33 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com, calbirds@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Glossy Ibis at Baker sewage ponds
    
    Jim Pike is reporting a Glossy Ibis at the Baker sewage ponds, June 3.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  21. RE: [inlandcountybirds] Glossy Ibis at Baker sewage ponds LINK
    DATE: Jun 4, 2016 @ 8:31am, 2 year(s) ago
    The Glossy Ibis continues at Baker sewage ponds this morning, June 4.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "Tom Benson Thomasabenson@... [inlandcountybirds]"
    Date: 6/3/16 3:33 PM (GMT-08:00)
    To: inlandcountybirds@yahoogroups.com, calbirds@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [inlandcountybirds] Glossy Ibis at Baker sewage ponds
    
    Jim Pike is reporting a Glossy Ibis at the Baker sewage ponds, June 3.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  23. Glossy Ibis at Baker sewage ponds LINK
    DATE: Jun 3, 2016 @ 3:33pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Jim Pike is reporting a Glossy Ibis at the Baker sewage ponds, June 3.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.
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  25. Re: [CALBIRDS] Glossy Ibis Los Angeles LINK
    DATE: May 28, 2016 @ 3:18pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    
    The GLOSSY IBIS continues at Sepulveda Basin before the dam on the east side of the river near the intersection of Haskell Creek.
    We were able to study the facial features and the leg color. The facial skin is grey-blue.
    
    Good Birding!
    
    Mary & Nick Freeman
    Glendale, CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On May 28, 2016, at 1:39 PM, Michelle B Townsley ms.townsley@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    
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  27. Glossy Ibis Los Angeles LINK
    DATE: May 28, 2016 @ 1:39pm, 2 year(s) ago
    At 10:47 AM Saturday, May 28th, there were at least 8 birders getting close up looks at the visiting Glossy Ibis in the Sepulveda basin.
    
    Michelle Townsley
    
    Ventura California
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: LA Glossy Ibis LINK
    DATE: May 28, 2016 @ 1:12pm, 2 year(s) ago
    I saw a 4-hour parking restriction on Woodley at Burbank, but that
    shouldn't be a problem for most birders looking for the ibis.
    
    Edana
    Salisbury
    Buena Park, CA
    In a message dated 5/28/2016 12:30:16 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
    CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com writes:
     Hi folks, I had a couple requests to post more detailed directions to
    
    the Glossy IBis on CALBIRDS. Most of the information has been on
    
    LACoBirds, but here is the info:
    
    The bird has been frequenting the
    stretch of the LA River between
    Burbank Blvd and US-101 (aka Sepulveda
    Basin). Here is an exact pin
    location of where myself and others observed
    the bird this
    morning:
    
    https://www.google.com/maps/@34.1684594,-118.4737263,18.25z
    
    The
    best place to park is along the side of the road at Woodley
    Ave./Burbank
    Blvd. I don't believe there are any parking restrictions -
    other than not
    leaving your car there overnight. As always, use common
    sense when parking
    your car and don't leave any valuables in the car (or
    at least in sight).
    There are also various homeless encampments in the
    area, so exercise
    caution when visiting in early morning/late afternoon
    hours.
    
    Photos
    from today: http://kiwifoto.com/f/glib
    
    --
    Christopher
    Taylor
    Marina del Rey, CA
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    -----Original
    Message-----
    From: Cuyler Stapelmann cuylerstapelmann@... [CALBIRDS]
    [mailto:CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com]
    To
    CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 07:50 AM
    (PDT)
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] LA Glossy Ibis [1.4K]
    Messag
    Continues
    today, May 28. Just upstream from the dam.
    
    Also, an almost completely
    leucistic song sparrow in coyote brush near confluence of Haskell Creek and LA
    River.
    
    Cuyler
    Los Feliz
    
    Sent from my
    iPhone
    
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