Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2010-09
|Scientific name:||Branta hutchinsii|
|Date:||March 8, 2010|
|Length of time observed:||1.5 hours|
|Location:||Skipper Bay Trail, Utah Lake|
|Distance to bird:||50 Yards|
|Optical equipment:||Kowa TSN-823 spotting Scope 20x60 zoom|
|Light Conditions:||Good, sun at my back|
|Description: Size of bird:||Very small goose size.|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||Goose shape. (Long neck, heavy body.)|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||Black Neck with white cheek. Brown body. White rump and undertail. Black tail.|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||Short goose bill.|
Field Marks and
Short neck, short head and short bill (when compared to Canada Goose). Bill less
than half the length of the head. Brown of breast, back and side almost uniform.
Darkest on breast, flight feathers and behind the legs on the sides where it
contrasted with the white undertail area. Color warmer on breast (hard to see on
photos). Pale feather edging on back and faint pale bars on sides. There was a
thin white neck ring on front of neck only, with a sharp line of contrast
between white of 'ring' and brown of breast. White cheek narrowed and curved
slightly back at top. No chinstrap.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||None|
|Behavior:||Feeding in Field|
|Habitat:||Flooded Pastures near the shore of Utah Lake|
were they eliminated:
Canada Goose was eliminated by size and shape.
This goose was at least half the size of the surrounding Canada Geese. Close in size to the Ross's Goose.
Compared to the canadas this bird had a much shorter, rounder head and a tiny, stubby bill. The breast of this bird was also darker.
this & similar species:
|References consulted:||Various web pages. Sibley guide to birds.|
|Description from:||Notes taken at time of sighting|
|Observer's address:||850 E 100 North Pleasant Grove Ut, 84062|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||This bird was first reported by Carl Ingwell, Jeff Bilsky and Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld on March 6th. Ned Bixler saw it on the 8th. KC Childs saw it on the 9th. And I'm sure others have seen it.|
|Date prepared:||March 10, 2010|
|Additional_Comments:||Photos where taken with camera held up to spotting scope. My view through the scope was much clearer than these photos.|