Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-33

Common name:

Mountain Plover

Scientific name: Charadrius montanus
Date: April 10, 2013
Time: 08:20 am
Length of time observed: 1 hour 40 minutes
Number: 2
Age: 1 adult, other possible female or immature
Sex: 1 male, other unknown
Location: White Rock Bay area of Antelope Island State Park
County: Davis County
Latilong: not known
Elevation: not known
Distance to bird: within 20 feet at times
Optical equipment: Nikon D300 with a 200-400mm VR lens and 1.4x TC
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Bright
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Birds were small, long legged, dark cap, dark eye line running from the black bill to the black eyes. Pale belly and chest, brown back and wings, under the wings it was white. Feeding activity was walk walk, stop and grab prey.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Did not hear a call
Behavior: Plover like in all behavior.
Habitat: grassy field.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Eliminated Killdeer because there was no breast band.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
No previous experience with this species but with many other shorebirds including plovers.
References consulted: iBird Pro, Audubon app for birds, The Western Edition of Sibleys Birds
Description from: From memory
Observer: Mia McPherson
Observer's address: 896 Riverbend Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Ron Dudley, Shyloh Robinson, Norman Jensen and many others. I'm the original spotter.
Date prepared: 10 April 2013
Additional material: Photos
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