Another Record of the Wood Ibis in California
Another Record of the Wood lbis In California
On Sunday morning, August 13, 1916, while returning north on the Santa Fe from San Diego, I was surprised and delighted to see a flock of about twenty Wood Ibises (Mycteria americana). I was sitting on the rear platform of the observation car and saw the fiock just after our train had crossed the broad delta of a small stream near Oceanside. The birds were flying from the ocean inland up the rather broad valley of the practically dry stream. Although I had not seen a live Wood Ibis since August, 1888, when I·saw seven on the lower Wabash, I at once recognized these birds. Their heavy wing-flaps, their white bodies and black wings could not be mistaken. Messrs. Grinnell and Daggett saw a flock in the same place August 5, 1902 (see CONDOR, v, 1903, p. 18).
Barton W. Evermann
San Francisco, California