Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

An unusual visitor flies in from Europe

Bermuda's birdwatchers were excited to recently spot a group of Glossy Ibis on the Island.

And while the birds have been seen in Bermuda before, one of the four birds that arrived on the Island last month has a tracking tag on its leg.

Andrew Dobson, president of the Bermuda Audubon Society, said that using digital photography, society members were able to read the code on the tag to discover where the birds had come from.

“The code was submitted to the central database in the United States, but they had no record of the bird,” Mr Dobson said.

“Following further investigation, it turns out that the bird was banded in the Doñana region of southern Spain earlier this year.

“Had the bird not been banded, the ibis would have been assumed to have come from the eastern seaboard. There are only two previous confirmed records of glossy ibis from Spain in North America.”

He said the tagged ibis was first spotted in Bermuda on September 14, and has since been seen at various locations around the Island.

“It may well have been driven off course by tropical storm Humberto which moved off the western African coast and into the central Atlantic in the second week of September,” he added.

While the species is found around the world, with populations in North, South and Central America as well as Southern Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, glossy ibis are rarely seen in Bermuda.

The birds are migratory, with populations in Europe travelling to Africa in the winter, and birds in North America flying south. They typically feed in shallow water and nest in fresh or brackish wetlands.

In full flight: A Glossy Ibis (Photo by Andrew Dobson)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published October 07, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 07, 2013 at 1:04 am)

An unusual visitor flies in from Europe

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon