Around 4:00 this afternoon Chad Gustafson and I flushed two ibises  
along with a very large flock of ducks from the back pond at the WMA 1  
mile north of the town of Nicollet on the east side of Hwy. 111. These  
birds were only seen in flight, and it was only after looking at a  
couple photos I was able to capture of the birds that I was able to  
make an identification. One of the birds was clearly an adult  
breeding-plumaged White-faced Ibis, i.e. it had obvious white  
feathering surrounding the eye in addition to a red eye and pinkish  
facial skin. The second bird was unidentifiable in the photo. I have  
uploaded a photo of the two birds (cropped extensively) to the  
"Recently Seen" page. The bird in the upper right of the photo is the  
White-faced, and the trailing bird in the lower left is the  
unidentified individual. While many of the ducks came back to land in  
the pond during the next hour, the ibises did not and we were unable  
to relocate them in searching the area.

Also of note today were a Marbled Godwit along with a smattering of  
other shorebirds at Cobb River WPA in southern Blue Earth County and a  
very early (singing) Warbling Vireo near Ottawa Township in Le Sueur  
County.

Bob Dunlap, Nicollet County

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