Today I was talking with my coworker when we said she'd been meaning to ask about this bird she saw at Island 22 out on a sandbar.
"Do we have small black herons here?"
She went on to describe a long-legged, long-necked bird with a long droopy bill wading around at the edge of the water. I showed her a photo a the end and she immediately said "yes!!" It was on the bar across from the main gate. She didn't know at the time she was looking at something pretty special! A great record for the park. I wonder if it's the same bird that was seen this spring?
funny I've thought about that as well for sightings of Ibis that are too far to say for sure but get automatically accepted as White-faced based on probability. Sort of like Willow vs Alder Flycatcher where fall migration can have both passing by but unless there's vocalization involved it seems acceptable to say Willow given it is by far the most likely. I guess to split hairs and be strict with our citizen science efforts, Willow/Alder Flycatcher or White-faced/Glossy Ibis is the 'correct' identification. I didn't want to rain on her parade so I did not mention this.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)