Denny Martin just called and asked me to post their (Denny & Barb) sighting of an adult White Ibis at the Norgaard Impoundment in Roseau County. They watched it through a scope from a distance of about half a mile as it circled over the impoundment and apparently landed. Denny described it as showing a reddish orange downcurved bill, reddish orange legs dangling below its body, and all white plumage except for black wingtips.
Denny's directions to the impoundment are to drive east of Roseau on highway 11 to 440th Ave N. Turn north on 440th Ave and go to 340th Street. Turn east on 340th St and go about one mile to a dead end. The impoundment was filled for the first time this spring and has attracted lots of waterfowl and other birds. Denny stated that it's 9 square miles in size, so refinding the ibis will be challenging. Denny & Barb are going to look for it again tomorrow morning. They do not have computer access while in Roseau County, but will call with any updates.
Minnesota has only one accepted record of White Ibis, an adult seen and photographed in Winona County 13 May 1995 (Loon 67:71-72).
Peder H. Svingen