Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2013-64
|Scientific name:||Limosa lapponica|
|Length of time observed:||2 hours|
|Location:||Willard Bay Northwest Playa|
|Distance to bird:||120 yards|
|Optical equipment:||Swarovski ATS 65 HD Spotting Scope|
|Weather:||Hot, sunny, clear, slight breeze|
|Light Conditions:||Excellent--bright sun behind us|
|Description: Size of bird:||Medium wader|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||Godwit|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||Gray with white belly and undertail|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||Long and upturned|
Field Marks and
Slightly smaller and shorter-billed than the large number of Marbled Godwits
nearby. Also shorter legged than the Marbled, because the belly was just above
the water it was standing in (almost touching), whereas the Marbled Godwits
showed approx. 1-2 inches of leg between the water and the belly.
Bi-colored bill, orange near base and black at the tip, with slight upward curve.
Gray face with darker gray cap.
Darker gray eye line/stripe (same color as cap), starting at the base of the bill, through the eye and ending behind the eye.
Very noticeable supercillium, white or light gray, starting at the base of the bill, above the eye, and ending behind the eye.
Medium gray back and wings (same color as cap and eye line/stripe). We didn't see any mottling or pattern on the back, but the the wings had a faint slight pattern, which looked like the individual feathers had lighter edges. This pattern was mainly visible in the median coverts.
The tips of the wings were even darker gray (almost, if not black), and protruded noticeably past the tail when the wings were folded.
The wing linings were light gray, slightly darker gray toward the wing tips, with no brown or cinnamon coloring.
The throat and upper breast were the same gray color as the face.
White lower breast and belly, all the way back to the tail.
Clearly barred black and white tail.
Some black barring along the white flanks, most distinct very close to the tail.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||None heard.|
|Behavior:||The bird was actively feeding and preening for about a third of the time we were observing it. The bird flipped its wings up once, briefly,so we could see the wing linings. The rest of the time, the bird had it's head tucked under it's wing and it would occasionally look around briefly, or preen for a few seconds before re-tucking its head beneath it's wing.|
|Habitat:||Shallow water covering a mudflat.|
were they eliminated:
Marbled Godwit is larger, longer-billed with a general brownish tinge overall
and cinnamon wing linings.
Black-tailed Godwit has a bicolored tail, white at the base and black at the tip (not barred like the Bar-tailed), and white wing linings.
Hudsonian Godwit has black wing linings and no black and white barring on the tail. It's tail is similar to the black tailed.
this & similar species:
Bar-tailed Godwit--Seen multiple times in Alaska, and Washington. Also seen a
couple of times in Europe.
Marbled Godwit--Extremely familiar.
Black-tailed Godwit--Seen a couple of times in Europe.
Hudsonian Godwit--Seen several times in Utah, Texas and Alaska
|References consulted:||National Geographic, Sibley|
|Description from:||Notes taken at the time of the sighting|
|Observer:||Kathy and Joel Beyer|
|Observer's address:||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Mark Stackhouse, David Wheeler|