Tuesday, May 12, 2020

RBA: 20 WHITE-FACED IBIS in Richmond - May 12-23rd

At 4pm on May 12-2020, Wayne Diakow and Paul Clarke watched 18 White-faced Ibis fly over their heads while they stood near the Iona inner ponds.The birds flew south towards the YVR airport control tower. The birds were seen at 5pm by Michael Kawerninski flying north over the Fraser River towards Musqueam Lands/Vancouver.

At 9 am on May 13-2020, Ben Christie relocated now 20 White-faced Ibis briefly sitting HERE on the Fraser River off River Rd at Terra Nova. The birds then picked up and flew south towards Garry Point Park. They are likely still wandering in the area of Richmond and birders should be on the lookout.

At 2pm Wayne Diakow relocated the Ibis as they flew low over Garry Point Park and then turned and headed north back towards Terra Nova.

*At 6 am on May 18-2020, Alex and Jana Chlupova photographed 4 White-faces Ibis as they flew N over Terra Nova. The birds briefly landed HERE before continuing north.*

*From 6 am to 10:30 am on May 19th-2020, 3 White-faced Ibis were relocated by Mike and Sharon Toochin and seen HERE on Sea Island across from 2860 River Rd and were viewed by multiple observers.

The 3 Ibis were last seen on the mudflats on May 22nd HERE and were viewed by multiple observers.The birds can hide well when in tall grasses and a scope is needed but sometimes they walk out in mudflats in the open and are very viewable with binoculars.

**At 10 am on May 23rd-2020, Devin de Zwaan saw 1 Ibis at Iona HERE. It was still present as of 2:45pm, sitting on the mudflats on the south side of the south jetty. The bird was 100m out, approximately halfway between the base of the south jetty and the first shelter**

This is the 50th record for the province of BC.

**As per current Public Health directives due to COVID-19 - Please remain 2 metres apart when viewing or looking for these birds. Please follow all public health directives (including not birding in groups) during this pandemic. The BC Public Health directives can be found HERE*

**eBird's statement on how to bird mindfully during the pandemic can be viewed HERE.**

White-faced Ibis in Richmond - Photo: Devin de Zwaan
White-faced Ibis in Richmond - Photo: Paul Clarke

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