Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Pacific Golden-Plover

Scientific name: Pluvialis fulva
Date: August 29, 2012
Time: Approx. 1:10 pm
Length of time observed: 20 to 30 minutes
Number: one
Age: adult nonbreeding
Sex: female
Location: Great Salt Lake - Antelope is. causeway, Syracuse, Utah
County: Davis
Distance to bird: Approx. 100 yards
Optical equipment: Kowa scope
Weather: in 90s and no wind
Light Conditions:  bright and clear
Description:        Size of bird: approx. 10 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: general
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: yellowish
(Description:)            Bill Type: short and black
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
yellowish color seen in two previous sightings
short primary tips
Song or call & method of delivery: none I could hear
Behavior: walked with a hurt leg, making it easy for a preditor
Habitat: shallow water next to shore
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Elimination: American Golden-Plover
Having eliminated because of two previous sighting
shorter primary tips
more yellowish
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
1999 - Salton Sea, Calif
2006 - Antelope is. causeway, Utah
References consulted: Sibley and National Geographic
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Ned Bixler
Observer's address: 1156 N 2920 W Provo, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bryant Olsen, Pat Jividn, Mike Corrigan
Date prepared: Sept. 3, 2012
Additional material: