Got a heads-up on a pink ibis in the Bonita Springs area. Headed directly over to the sight. But the birds had moved and were found a few blocks over. The individually is more pinkish, but obviously a scarlet-white ibis hybrid. It seemed to be puffed up to dry off following a mornings rain.
Pink Ibis are seen locally but not often and can vary in their coloration. A bright red bird has been seen as well as these much paler hybrids. The white ibis is a very numerous local bird. They are actually yard birds here. But the scarlet ibis is a non-native species from Venezuela and the Trinidad and Tobago Islands. So like so many exotics here in Florida, the parent(s) were probably escapees.
Also during the drive over and back found a pair of Gray Kingbirds and a Coopers Hawk.
|Found the flock|
|Flock located in a Bonita Spring, Florida neighborhood|
|A Pink Ibis - Scarlet x White Ibis hybrid|
|Appears to be drying its feathers after the rains|
|With the flock - Obvious difference in coloration|