Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2006-22

Common name:

Red-throated Loon

Scientific name: Gavia stellata
Date: May 17, 2006
Time: 10:00 am
Length of time observed: 15-20 minutes
Number: one
Age: unk
Sex: unk
Location: Willard Bay State Park
County: Box Elder
Latilong: unk
Elevation: 4,200-4,300 feet
Distance to bird: 15 m at closest point
Optical equipment: Variable with binocs and scopes
Weather: Clear, warm, calm
Light Conditions: Excellent
Description:        Size of bird: See attached photo
(Description:)       Basic Shape: See attached photo
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Winter plumage
(Description:)            Bill Type: See attached photo
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
See attached photo
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Swimming and diving
Habitat: Canal at outlet of Willard Bay
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
We eliminated the other loons by the size, bill shape, and plumage pattern of this Red-throated Loon.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley to show others in the group the differences in winter loon appearances.
Description from: From memory
Observer: Keith Evans and mob
Observer's address: 4826 Kiwana Dr., South Ogden, UT 84403
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Jack Rensel and other WAS members.
Date prepared: June 5, 2006
Additional material: Photo
Additional comments: