Dateline – July 14, 2013
The White Ibis nest that I have been following this season is officially finished. The nest is empty and the juvenile ibis is no longer in the tree. But, he is still around. I finally located him foraging on the ground a little further back into the heart of the rookery. He looks to be doing fine, and he will soon be strong enough to join his parent on a foray to a nearby body of water for his first taste of independence.
Even though our coverage of this young ibis is wrapping up, it is not the last White Ibis story to unfold at the rookery this summer. As I was preparing to wrap up this visit, I noticed a brand new ibis nest that I had not seen before. In it were three one to two week old baby ibises. All begging to be fed.
Things are winding down in general at the UTSWMC rookery, and this late season ibis brood will not face the intense competition from other birds that earlier broods had to deal with. And even though they will have to endure the worst of the summer’s heat, I still like their chances! Pictures and video of these youngsters follow: