Thursday, February 18, 2016

Correcting a mistake and an uncommon winter bird

A guest/friend who did not leave his/her name has pointed a mistake I've done when identifying a plant in a Wild Flowers post. The flowers that I showed as Allium Triquetrum is not that plant. Despite it is very similar in appearance, the real Allium Triquetrum is this one

In Spain where we tend to assign dramatic or religious (or both) names to many things, we call this plant 'Lagrimas de la Virgen Maria' Virgin Mary's Tears. The plant belongs to the same genus as onions and garlic.

I saw this bird yesterday evening in a flooded meadow close to Lluriach. According to Javier from Menorca Walking Birds, it might be a Glossy Ibis, which is rare in Menorca.

Glossy Ibis Plegadis Falcinellus in Menorca

1 comment:

  1. Hi Enrique
    This Glossy ibis has been all winter with us.
    It’s a regular migrant bird but not in big numbers. Some years it’s also possible to see some in winter. Less common are summer birds but in 2015 there were some in Lluriac. We could enjoy them during our summer birding tours.
    Closest populations to Menorca are located in the Ebro Delta (Catalonia) and La Camargue (south of France). Some individuals of these breeding populations spend winter at the same places. Probably our winter birds come from these populations.
    Javier (Menorca Walking Birds)