Not a White-faced Ibis

An actual White-faced Ibis

The Maine birding community is all “a flutter” (that never gets old) about the White-faced Ibis being seen at Scarborough Marsh. The problem is  . . . I don’t think it’s a White-face Ibis.

It has a white face . . . but this is a Glossy Ibis

I’ve made multiple trips to the Marsh and on the hike in birder after birder told me excitedly that they had seen the “White-faced Ibis” . . . but when I got there, I only saw Glossy Ibises.  You see . . . the Gloss Ibis also has a white face . . . the distinguishing characteristic is the WFI’s red eye (the GI has a black eye).

Ibis Red Eye

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The WFT lives in the southern USA, white the Glossy is common in Maine.  Perhaps there is a White-faced Ibis hanging out in Scarborough Marsh but I haven’t seen it.

Other birds today at Scarborough Marsh

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