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We’ve seen good numbers of Glossy Ibis regularly foraging in the marsh over the last few weeks. These birds tend to be highly gregarious, feeding and nesting together in congregations ranging from small groups to large flocks – often in the company of other wading birds (egrets, herons, spoonbills, and ibis).

Glossy Ibis eat a wide variety of foods – including marine worms, dragonflies, crickets, grasshoppers, crabs, shrimp, mollusks, snails, fish, frogs, and toads – which they forage for by both sight and touch.

During the breeding season, these birds nest very close together, pairs often separated by only a couple of feet. They will defend their nests from encroaching birds (including other Glossies), but are otherwise non-aggressive. Once nesting season is over, Glossy Ibis disperse widely, which has enabled this species to expand its range from the southeastern US into much of eastern North America.
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