Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Mountain Plover

Scientific name: Charadrius montanus
Date: 12/25/2012
Time: 3:15 pm
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 2
Location: West Rail Trail, Harold S Crane WMA, Weber, UT (Rainbow Unit)
County: Weber
Elevation: 4325
Distance to bird: 125 yards
Optical equipment: 10x42 Pentax Bino's, 25-75x70 Vortex Impact Spotter, Canon Powershot sx50 hs Camera.
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 31 degrees f, no wind and snow on the ground.
Light Conditions: A little less than perfect.
Description:        Size of bird: Around 9"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Plover shape. Big belly, slightly longer than normal neck.
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brownish back with off-white belly and neck.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Short and black
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Whitish forehead leading around large black eyes and then down the neck into breast and undertail, only being interrupted by a slight, almost unseen neckband. Had no black neckband like most plovers. Had a black line between black bill and eye.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Plover. No needling or feeding behavior. Moved quite like a Snowy Plover.
Habitat: Brackish mudflats.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Golden and Black-bellied Plovers, all other Plovers. Did not have black neckband. Did not have any spotting or speck lying on back or breast. Size.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
None with MOPL but limited with Both Golden Plovers and quite a lot with BBPL.
References consulted: Stokes FG, Petersen's FG, iBird FG, Internet and other birders.
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 12/26/2012
Additional material: Photos