Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-33

Common name:

Mountain Plover

Scientific name: Charadrius montanus
Date: 4/10/2013
Time: 11:30 am
Length of time observed: 1 hour
Number: 2
Age: n/a
Sex: a pair
Location: White Rock Bay, Antelope Island, Syracuse, Utah
County: Davis
Latilong: n/a
Elevation: n/a
Distance to bird: Approx. 100 yards
Optical equipment: field glasses, and scope
Weather: cool
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: approx. 10 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: plover shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: back brownish, lower part white
(Description:)            Bill Type: round, average length, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The birds were easy to see with naked eye also. The face was white, with a black line from bill to eye. White forehead. Brownish top, and white bottom
Song or call & method of delivery: n/a
Behavior: They were not afraid of the group watching them. At times is appeared they be nesting, did not fly
Habitat: dried grass field
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Black bellied Plover also seen on the island. Overall marking made it easy to see the difference. Black bellied seen in the lake, and Mountain on land
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen this species at Harold Crane WMA last December 2012.
References consulted: National Geographic
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the 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: Doug Mead, Norm & Gail Jensen, Bob Hunnington
Date prepared: 4/11/2013
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