Date: 5/22/20 10:11 am
From: Tufts Jeff <jctufts33...>
Subject: [RV Birds] Re: Continuing Ibis at Whetstone, plus Grasshopper Sparrows and Black Tern
This is a post from a few days ago.

On Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8:12:12 AM UTC-7, Matt Cahill wrote:
> Hi all,
> I went searching for the ibis Alex and Lauren first found earlier in
> fields west of Whetstone Pond. Met Gary S. who was also searching. The bird
> wasn’t visible on our first swing by the cattail corner at the west end of
> the field so we continued up to the grassy fields to the north thinking we
> might spy it in some of the other ponds.
> In the grassy fields (where the short-eared and barn owls were hunting
> earlier in the year) there were at least 2 singing grasshopper sparrows,
> one of which came in close for us, the other was out beyond the road that
> cuts through.
> On the return the ibis was obliging out in the open, giving great views in
> stunning light - sun beams, rainbows, dark storms and white wisps
> everywhere!
> As a final touch, on our way back past the pond a black tern swooped in
> for a brief appears before rising and heading east. Given its trajectory,
> height, and the looming storm in its path, I think it’s reasonable to guess
> it might be spending the night at Agate Lake, for anyone interested in
> chasing it.
> Matt Cahill

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