Bird #332 — Glossy Ibis

plegadis (scythe, sickle) falcinellus (a small hook)

Saturday, July 21, 1990 — 3:40 pm

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina — Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive

As this trip approached, I envisioned huge flocks of waders clogging up the pools along the road.  But except for an occasional Great Blue or Little Blue Heron, I wasn’t seeing much.

I finally found a large flock about 100 yards off the road.  There was a row of shrubbery and a water-filled ditch (complete with Alligators) between the birds and me. I pulled over and spent a half hour looking over the flock.

The Glossy Ibis flew in, probably from the other side of the pool, and landed in the midst of the other waders.  It began wading about in two or three inches of water, picking at the surface.  Some of the pool was open water, but much of it was covered with short grass.

Later, when I drove the wildlife drive a second time, there were at least three Glossy Ibises in the flock.

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