May 202013
 

Dateline – May 13, 2013

NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First |<< Prev | Next >> ]

NOTE: Additional updates can be found here: Tricolored Heron– UTSWMV Nest Update 5

White Ibises by the dozens have moved into the corner of the rookery formerly occupied by the Tricolored Herons. There are a number of other kinds birds nesting in this immediate area as well. The list includes Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and Black-crowned Night Herons, but for some reason the Tricolored Herons took the brunt of the White Ibis intrusion, and most if not all have been displaced from their nests.

Meanwhile, there were White Ibises everywhere, and they were in engaged in a number of different activities. Some appeared to be incubating eggs already. Others were engaged in nest building and maintenance. Some may have been mating or possibly fighting.

The arrival of the ibises was an interesting development. It was nice to get a close up look at them.

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

White Ibis - UTSWMC Nest Update 4

NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First |<< Prev | Next >> ]

NOTE: Additional updates can be found here: Tricolored Heron– UTSWMV Nest Update 5

  2 Responses to “White Ibis – UTSWMC Nest Update 4”

  1. Great pictures! Specially like no. 11 and 12 from the top! Eleven look very soulfull.
    The White Ibises have really outcrowded the Tricolored. I found two Tricolored nests closer to the tennis court today. I also had seven White-faced Ibises come flying in around 8pm. I’m not sure if they are nesting there, or just roosting. I still haven’t fund a nest though. They are hanging out in the corner by the tennis court, the corner that is right by the UT Southwestern Drive, if you want to look for them.

    • Thanks, Annika! I’m glad to hear that the Tricolored Herons relocated. I haven’t been able to spend the time to try and find them yet. I was afraid that they had been driven away. They seem to be the least assertive of all the birds at the rookery.

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