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FYI:
If all three birds the Athertons saw had white facial markings (i.e., a
white feather border around the bare face skin), then there are more than
three White-faced Ibis at St. Marks NWR. The one I scoped from about 50
yards away in Mounds Pool 1 on 2/15 had no white border at all. Multiple
birds would also explain the varying descriptions given of the facial skin
color (bright red behind the eye, dull red in front of the eye, entirely
pink). My bird wasn't noticably buffier either. Maybe we've got a whole
flock of them. Yet another western invasion?

David Harder
Tallahassee, FL
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Margie Wilkinson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 9:01 AM
Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] More White-faced Ibis, St. Marks


> I just had a phone-in report from Lyn and Brooks Atherton, who saw three
> White-faced Ibis this morning in the same location reported by Ken Allen
earlier
> - Mounds Pool #1 at St. Marks Refuge.  The White-faced were a dull olive
on the
> back, appearing lighter from a distance.  There was a buffier cast due to
fine
> streaking around the neck also.  The white facial markings were visible
with a
> scope.
>
> Margie Wilkinson
> St. Petersburg, FL
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