Sunday, July 21, 2013
Sightings July 21: Monticello wader roost growing
This evening I stopped by the ibis and egret roost in the wastewater plant on Monticello, visited first last month.
It has grown to 370 birds, presumably reflecting more birds joining in as they finish nesting. Over 90% were White Ibis, overwhelmingly adults. The other species I could pick out in the dim light (got there kinda late) were Great and Snowy Egrets, and an Anhinga.
A few dozen Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were flying around, and one of the treatment ponds had a Black-necked Stilt- not easy to find this far into the city. Lots of blackbirds are also roosting in an adjacent pond.
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