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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Remarkable relocation of three individual GLOSSY IBISES in Warwickshire

Three of this summer's invasive juvenile GLOSSY IBISES from the Coto Donana (SW Spain)reached WARWICKSHIRE in recent days but most remarkably all three appeared on consecutive days. All had moved up from Avon and Somerset, where they had been present at Chew Valley Lake (26 September) and Catcott Lows NR (from 3 October) respectively.

The initial bird 'EPJ on white ring' appeared at Fisher's Mill GP at 1310 on 17 October and was present on and off until 1805 hours when it flew north (G. Williams et al).

This was followed next day (18 October) by first-winter 'L9M' but present on the same pit until 0900 hours (Mike Doughty).

The very next day (19 October), a third unringed individual appeared on the very same pit, later relocating to the neighbouring Drayton Bassett North Pit - an exceptional set of circumstances.

Source of information: the excellent
Photographs above: Plate 1 Bob Duckhouse; 2-3 L.Johnson and 4: Bob Duckhouse