Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2005-39(R83)
1983 sighting resubmitted in October 2005
Information for this record is taken from a UFO sight record received 21 Jun 1983.
|Scientific name:||Ixobrychus exilis|
|Date:||14 May 1983|
|Length of time observed:||2 seconds|
|Location:||Stewart Lake Waterfowl Refuge, Jensen|
|Distance to bird:||45 feet|
|Optical equipment:||no chance to use either [optical or photo]|
|Weather:||Windy with light showers. [Prior weather:] cold & unsettled - 3 days|
|Light Conditions:||Overcast, flat light.|
|Description: Size of bird:|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:|
|(Description:) Bill Type:|
Field Marks and
Bird somewhat larger than Virginia Rail. In the two seconds I observed
this bird, two filed marks (aside from the long legs & bittern bill) stood out.
1 - Buffy fore wing patch and 2 - dark back with cream colored throat,
breast & stomach.
The bird flew across a 15 foot opening in the reeds, landed on a cattail and lurched into the reeds. The observation was brief but diagnostic.
[Marks which were not seen. Why not?] I did not have time to really digest the bird and did not especially notice the black crown patch.
[Variations from expected field marks ] None - just other surprise at seeing the bird at all. I was sitting on the hood if my car sorting out swallows.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||silent|
|Behavior:||This bird flew across a small channel in the marsh, perched briefly and disappeared into the reeds.|
|Habitat:||Large Marsh with accompanying vegetation|
were they eliminated:
|The size & markings negate any other heron or Am. Bittern. The long bill eliminates Sora and the size difference & dark back / light front color pattern eliminates Virginia Rail.|
this & similar species:
|I have seen all the bitterns & herons. I have seen clapper, Virginia & Soras. This is my first Least Bittern|
|Description from:||Notes made at time of sighting|
|Observer:||Mark T. Bromley|
|Observer's address:||1480 N. Jordan Ave., Provo, UT 84504 Phone: 801-375-156?|
|Observer's e-mail address:|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:|
|Date prepared:||18 May 1983|