Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Upland Sandpiper

Scientific name: Bartramia longicauda
Date: 4/28/2012
Time: 1515
Length of time observed: 1 min
Number: 1
Age: AHY
Sex: unknown
Location: Antelope island, The UPSA was on the east side of the island and east of the road, about half-way between the visitor center and the Garr Ranch. It was near where the bison herd was grazing that day and in an area with dry relatively short patchy grasses; not along the shoreline.
County: [Davis]
Distance to bird: about 60 meters
Optical equipment: zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars
Weather: sunny
Light Conditions: excellent, sun behind us
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The small squarish head, thin neck, and short bill instantly cried out Upland and on that basis I distinguished it from the similar-sized yellowlegs (which wouldn't usually be in dry grassland habitat). The legs and tail were hidden by the grass. I saw several willets that day but they are bigger and bigger-headed with a longer, darker bill, and were along the water's edge.
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: standing then walking through/behind grasses
Habitat: dry grassland, relatively short grasses with open patches
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
see above
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
UPSA is a species I know well from the midwestern sand prairies where I have done a lot of bird survey work and research over the past 12 years.
References consulted: none
Description from: From memory
Observer: Dan Wenny
Observer's address: 517 S. Bench St., Galena, IL 61036
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 5/8/2012
Additional material: No_additional_Materials
Additional_Comments: I was using a general checklist so didn't realize this obs needed documentation until I submitted it to eBird. This was my first visit to Antelope Island.