Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-42

Common name:

Red Phalarope

Scientific name: Phalarope fulicarius
Date: November 24, 29, 30, 2010
Time:  various
Length of time observed: various
Number: 1
Location: Sand Hollow State Park
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: ~ 25 - 200 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars, 60x scope
Weather: various
Light Conditions: various
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
My Dad (John Fridell) and I first noticed the Red Phalarope off the south beach of Sand Hollow on November 24. We followed it through the scope as it swam and took short flights all the way across the reservoir to the northeast corner. We moved over to the dam but were unable to relocate it. I next observed and photographed the phalarope along the emergent gravel bar below the west dam on November 29 and saw it again briefly on November 30 swimming near the emergent sandstone island while trying to relocate the Purple Sandpiper.

Plump phalarope in basic plumage with a rather short and stout, black bill. White overall with unmarked gray back, darker gray tail and primaries, and dark gray / black patch extending through eye and diffused black patch on nape of neck. Eye and legs black. Prominent white wing-stripe visible in flight, underside of wing light with dark leading edge.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Habitat: Reservoir and associated sandy / rocky beaches
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-necked Phalarope - similar in basic plumage, however more slightly built with thinner neck and longer thinner bill, and streaked gray back.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 09-25-2011
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Decription copied from field notes. Flight photos with Killdeer, Dunlin, and Least Sandpiper.