Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 5a-1999

Common name:

Magnificent Frigatebird

Scientific name: Fregata magnificens
Date: 29 May 1999
Time: 3:20 - 3:45 
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Immature
Sex: ?
Location: Minersville Reservoir - at the dock
County: Beaver
Distance to bird: 20 - 50 ft.
Optical equipment:  
Weather: Partly cloudy
Light Conditions: Fantastic
Detailed description of bird: After observing the bird perched across the lake from a hill on the west side, we attempted to find it on the east side by land, which proved impossible due to the thick foliage.  We attempted to appropriate a boat -- as soon as we got on board, the bird glided over the trees and we jumped back on land.
     It was a large, long-winged-fork-tailed bird with a long, hooked bill.  It had a white head, chest, and lower belly with dark brown wings.
     It glided for 15 minutes without flapping once.  It was a wonderful treat ending hours of searching.
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Glided on long wings in swift wind
Habitat: Large reservoir with thick grove of partially submerged cottonwoods.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Swallow-tailed Kite has short black bill, all-white below.  Usually found over land, not water.  Barn Swallow tends to flap wings more often, has a dark chestnut underside.
Previous experience with this & similar species: Have seen the above species (Swallow-tailed Kite) before.
References consulted: Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Description from: From memory
Observer: Joshua Krietzer
Observer's address: 174 E. 300 N., Washington, UT  84780
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Lew Wilkinson, Nathaniel Kreitzer
Date prepared: 29 May 1999
Additional material: Drawing  (photo, being developed) Original Document

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