Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2006-47(R81)
(Transcribed by M. G. Moody)

Common name:

Parakeet Auklet

Scientific name: Aethia psittacula
Date: Thurs., Sept. 10, 1981
Time: 6:10 P.M.
Length of time observed: 35 minutes
Number: 1
Age: (adult) summer plumage.
Location: East Canyon Reservoir, Morgan County, east of Salt Lake City, Utah
County: Morgan
Distance to bird: "The bird was swimming approximately 100 feet form shore..."
Optical equipment: 8 1/2 x 44 binoculars
Light Conditions: excellent light
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: "completely dark above and white below"
(Description:)            Bill Type: "rounded red bill"
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
[this is the main body of a letter entitled "Rare Bird Report"
- the description is in the 2nd paragraph]

First sighted at 6:10 P.M. at north end of East Canyon Reservoir in the last small finger bay prior to dock area, which lies just east of the dam.  The bird was swimming approximately 100 feet from shore and 150 feet north of the white ball "no wake" marker.  I first observed the bird in excellent light for 35 minutes with 8 1/2 x 44 binoculars, at which time a speedboat caused the bird to fly and land several hundred feet out into the reservoir toward the direction of the dam.  The bird returned to approximately the same area some 40 minutes later, swimming and diving in the company of a winter-plumaged Eared Grebe and two Common Loons.

The back, head an throat were all dark, with a broad white eyestripe starting from just under the unbroken white eye-ring.  The stripe extended along the face to the nape; it also had a short thin stripe above the eye.  There was some slight mottling on the very upper breast which extended to both sides.  The most outstanding mark, of course, was the somewhat rounded red bill.  In flight the bird was completely dark above and white below.

Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: "swimming and diving in the company of a winter-plumaged Eared Grebe and two Common Loons."
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: (This type-written report was copied exactly as written at the site.)
Observer: William J. Bolte
Observer's address: 1140 E. Tropical Way, Plantation, Fla.   33317
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: [assumed 1981]
Additional material: Original Record
Additional comments: Copies sent to Joshua Burns, Salt Lake City Audubon Society
Brent K. Hutchings, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area