The First in Spring
The words ‘Glossy Ibis’ and ‘Northamptonshire’, when occurring together in the same sentence, are now predictably accompanied by adjectives such as ‘short-staying’, ‘fleeting’, or ‘transient’ to describe this species’ visits to the county. The first one to occur in spring followed the now well established occurrence pattern seemingly mandatory for Glossy Ibises in Northants. This individual managed little more than two hours at Summer Leys today, having been discovered at 11.30, before flying off west at 13.35. Images below from Alan Coles.