Hagerman Bird Alerts
This page is dedicated to the birds of Hagerman whose appearance at the refuge is so infrequent, that we want to make a special effort to notify our members when and where they are observed. Members will receive an e-mailed as soon as a rare bird is verified.
May 18, 2022 - Rudy Turnstone
Look what showed up at the refuge today, 05-18-22. A breeding plumage Rudy Turnstone. Observe the unique bill shape. Shaped like a prybar which it uses to flip stones over in search of food. This bird was observed on the end of Plover Pad and was there most of the day. Thanks for looking.
May 15, 2022 - Glossy Ibis
This is a Breeding Glossy Ibis photographed today 05-15-22 in Steedman Marsh. There have been several of this species at the refuge the last few days. They are rare at the refuge but have become more common the last few years. The similar White-faced Ibis is Uncommon to Common here in the summertime. In breeding plumage the two species can be distinguished from one another. In young birds and non-breeding birds it is much more difficult to separate the two species. On breeding plumage birds look for the following characteristics on the Glossy Ibis. The Glossy has a thin cobalt blue to whitish border on the face that does not meet behind the eye. It has dark eyes and dark lores(the area between the eye and the bill). Breeding White-faced Ibis have red eyes and reddish lores. Leg color is another thing to note if they are visible and the light is good. Red color will be little or absent on the Glossy and more noticeable on the White-faced Ibis. Another caveat when trying to identify these birds is that they sometimes hybridize. Best viewed full screen. Thanks for looking.
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