Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2006-01

Common name:

Hudsonian Godwit

Scientific name: Limosa haemastica
Date: September 5, 2005
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Length of time observed: ~40 min
Number: 1
Age: juvenile
Location: Pintail Unit, Fish Springs, NWR
County: Juab
Latilong: 9
Elevation: 4287 ft
Distance to bird: 30-50 m
Optical equipment: Zeiss Diascope, 20-60x eyepiece
Weather: clear, calm, and sunny
Light Conditions: direct sunlight
Description:        Size of bird: large shorebird
(Description:)       Basic Shape: long legs, long bill
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown/gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: long tapering, slightly upturned
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Large shorebird feeding in shallow water; slightly larger and more stocky than nearby Greater Lesserlegs; Brownish gray breast and upperparts with indistinct dark/light spots on scapulars,
coverts, and tertials; whitish belly; long black legs; Very long bill slightly upturned near the tip, mostly black with pinkish area on the base of the lower mandible; Head mostly brown with distinct white supercilium and thin dark loral line, indistinct buffy cinnamon patch on forehead,
pale throat; black eye; Bright white rump patch and contrasting black tail; Long wings projecting well behind tail on perched bird; Wings dark with white wingstripe and black underwings visible while stretching.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: Foraging in shallow water and mudflats, often with its head down for long periods.
Habitat: Shallow pond, mud flats
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Marbled Godwit: larger, longer billed, with buffy underparts and heavily patterned upperparts

Willet: similar in non-breeding plumage (i.e. grayish above, dark underwings, distinct wingstripe), but with light tail and shorter stout bill

Other rare godwits: Bar-tailed with streaked upperparts, no wingstripe, and pale tail and underwings; Black-tailed similiar but with straight bill and white underwings.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I've observed Hudsonian Godwits annually in Kansas and Missouri for the past several years, however this is the first I've observed out of range.
References consulted:  
Description from:  
Observer: Rick Fridell and Kristen Comella
Observer's address: 3505 West 290 North, Hurricane, UT 84737
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 1-14-06
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: photos handheld through spotting scope