Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2007-08

Common name:

Hudsonian Godwit

Scientific name: Limosa haemastica
Date: 04/22/2007
Time: 4:15pm
Length of time observed: 1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: male
Location: Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Are
Elevation:  4200 feet
Distance to bird: 150 - 500 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 Nikon Binocs and a Canon Camera w/ 400mm lens
Weather: Overcast, cloudy and windy
Light Conditions: poor lighting
Description:        Size of bird: Large shorebird
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  like a godwit?
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Rufous, gray, brown, black and white
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long, thin, upcurved pinkish-red and black
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Typical Godwit shaped, it appeared to be slightly smaller than the Marbled Godwits it was flying with. The bird appeared to be dark rufous over most of its body, with a grayish neck and head.
The wings were black with white bases to the primaries and secondaries in both the underwing and the outerwing. The upper wing coverts were dark to medium gray.

The bird also exhibited a black tail and white rump as well as a dark rufous back. The bill was long, slightly upcurved, with a pinkish-red base and black tip.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: None Heard
Behavior: Flying with a flock of Marbled Godwit.
Habitat: Freshwater marsh on the edge of the Great Salt Lake
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Marbled Godwit - This species is light brown and "marbled" black over its entire body. It also lacks the wing and tail pattern of the Hudsonian.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Lacks wing and tail pattern of Hudsonian.

Black-tailed Godwit - This species has white underwings, a rufous-red head and neck and a brighter rufous back.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Had seen Hudsonian Godwit on the East Coast in 2002 and 2003.
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds
Description from:  
Observer: Tim Avery
Observer's address: Salt Lake City, Utah
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Joel Beyer. Kathy Beyer was also present but I am not sure if she saw the bird. The Beyer's alerted me to the bird around 3:00 pm and I stayed to watch for it.
Date prepared: 05/26/2007
Additional material: Photo
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