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The Plegadis Falcinellus is Visiting Haig Point!
The relatively scarce Glossy Ibis (Plegadis Falcinellus) is seen with friends in this sunset photo taken from the porch of the Haig Point Clubhouse. Look carefully at the photo to see if you can spot him. Hint: The Glossy Ibis is similar to our white ibis but is blue-black in color (bluer than a great blue heron).
There have been several sightings of this rare visitor in the salt marsh at Marysfield School and by the clubhouse pond.
The Glossy Ibis shares many of its habitats and behavioral traits with the heron, but unlike the heron, it flies with its neck outstretched.
Over the years, these natives of West Africa have migrated to the Caribbean by riding the trade winds across. Now they are moving north and can be found along our Atlantic Coast, especially Florida, where they were considered scarce just a few years ago.
Look for their nests in shrubs or on low trees or bushes near rivers, swamps or ponds. You may even see them probing the mud with their bills looking for prey like the fiddler crab, crawfish, insects and small snakes. What an incredible island we live on!