Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-40

Common name:


Scientific name: [no species given]
Date: 5/15/13
Time: 5:32 PM
Length of time observed: 30-45 seconds, flying away at a 45 degree angle
Number: 2
Age: Adult
Sex: ?
Location: 1 mile west of Wellington, Flying SSW
County: Carbon
Elevation: + or - 5700 ft
Distance to bird: 100+yards increasing steadily
Optical equipment: none
Weather: overcast
Light Conditions:  bright overcast
Description:        Size of bird: very large, approx Sandhill crane size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Large long-legged wader
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: PINK with black trailing edges to wings
(Description:)            Bill Type: Massive, decurved, black tip
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Overall size, black trailing edges to wings, massive decurved bill, and overall Pink Coloration. I was driving home from work and was not able to pull off because of traffic.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Roseate Spoonbill - beak wrong shape
all others size and color
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I am a wildlife biologist who has spent over 10 years in the southeastern US doing environmental assessments, seen hundreds of flamingos
References consulted: Peterson's field guide to the eastern birds, Internet
Description from: From memory
Observer: Lloyd E. Logan
Observer's address: 613 Denver Avenue, P.o. Box 848, East Carbon, UT 84520
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 5/15/13
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: Flying in the general direction of Desert Lakes Wildlife Refuge and Huntington Reservoir - a good place for a follow-up if anyone is close.