Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2006-11(R82)
(Transcribed by M. G. Moody)
|Scientific name:||Limosa haemastica|
|Date:||May 15, 1982|
|Time:||5:40 P.M. to 6:20 P.M.|
|Length of time observed:||(40 min.)|
|Location:||N.W. shoreline of Pelican Lake, S.E. of Randlett, Utah|
|Distance to bird:||100 yds. ---- 35 yds. (estimate)|
|Optical equipment:||3 spotting scopes (Bushnell & Bausch / Lomb) at 30x|
|Light Conditions:||Partly cloudy at first (15 min.) Good sunlight from west last 20 - 25 min. Bird was to south of us with sunlight on right.|
|Description: Size of bird:||Willet-sized; smaller than Marbled Godwits with which it was feeding similar to Willets 4 of which were feeding in the group.|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||Slender - not plump longer than Greater Yellowlegs|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||
Top of head grayish or dark (unintel.).
Side of head light gray with distinct white eye line
|(Description:) Bill Type:||Long, but not as long as Marbled & slightly upturned; basal 2/3 was orangish & tip (1/3) was black.|
Field Marks and
Breast & Abdomen: ruddy-breasted or rich reddish-brown (slightly darker
Back: dark brown - darker than the Marbled Gowits.
Wings: dark wing with broad white wing stripe & black wing lining.
Tail: Black on 1-2" of tail with broad black & white (just like picture in Audubon Eastern Field Guide, but which is not indicated in any of the western field guides)
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Single call in flight as it was landing with other godwits.|
Mark Bromley & I observed the bird in flight over head / then it banked sharply
downward, folded its wings & plummeted downward with a sharp "tawit"; and landed
among a flock of 60 Marbled Godwits that were feeding in shallow water; a flock
that had a partial albino godwit that Dennis Shirley was observing when this
bird Mark & I were observing landed right by it.
It began feeding with the other godwits by probing with its long bill in the shallow water.
We observed the white wing stripe & the broad white tail band at this time when it was landing.
|Habitat:||Shoreline of Pelican Lake. Mudflat habitat. No trees, scattered low-lying vegetation (weeds & brush)|
were they eliminated:
Marbled Godwits - These were larger & lighter-colored; longer more
definite upturned bill.
Bar-tailed Godwits - lighter breast; uniformly colored head & cheek, finer & more numerous tail barring.
this & similar species:
None with this one, but I.D. is certain.
All of us have seen the Marbled Godwit a number of times.
|Description from:||Notes made during the observation|
|Observer's address:||1063 East 40 North, Orem, Utah 84057|
|Observer's e-mail address:|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Mark Bromley, Dennis Shirley|
|Date prepared:||(May 1982)|