Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2006-11(R82)
(Transcribed by M. G. Moody)

Common name:

Hudsonian Godwit

Scientific name: Limosa haemastica
Date: May 15, 1982
Time: 5:40 P.M. to 6:20 P.M.
Length of time observed: (40 min.)
Number: 1
Age: (breeding)
Sex: male ?
Location: N.W. shoreline of Pelican Lake, S.E. of Randlett, Utah
County: Uintah
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
Identifying Characteristics:
Breast & Abdomen: ruddy-breasted or rich reddish-brown (slightly darker on abdomen)
Back: dark brown - darker than the Marbled Gowits.
Legs: bluish-black
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.
Behavior: 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)
Similar species and how
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.

Previous experience with
this & similar species:
None with this one, but I.D. is certain.
All of us have seen the Marbled Godwit a number of times.
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made during the observation
Observer: Merrill Webb
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)
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