White Faced Ibis
- On my morning walk with my dog along the Santa Ana River's dirt trail
(adjacent to the bike trail), I was very pleasantly surprised to see a
White Faced Ibis come in for a landing. It had the green iridescence
highlighting the overall darkness of its nonbreeding plumage. The very
distinctive bill alerted me -- I saw it flying from a distance and the
green and brown made me think of a Green Heron but then I noticed the
bill and the thinness, the slightness (oh, can we just call it the
"jizz"?) of the bird and I knew it was a White Faced Ibis.
This took place in the vegetation by the large spillway, halfway between
Lakeview and Imperial. It spooked easily; it noticed me standing and
watching it (my dog was sitting) and glided closer to the other side of
the river. I continued my walk eastward (all the while mentally kicking
myself for not having my small binocs, which I usually have handy) for
about five minutes or so. Turning around, I noticed it was gone.
That's in addition to the four American White Pelicans that have been
hanging around there for a couple of weeks, and the usuals: Killdeers,
Greater Yellowlegs, DC Cormorants, Common Mergansers, American Wigeons,
American Coots, Mallards, Snowy Egrets, a Bufflehead or two, peeps, Black
Phoebes, LBJs, gulls, gulls, and more gulls.
East Anaheim CA