Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-007a

Common name:

American Black Duck

Scientific name: Anus rubripes
Date: 3/25/2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Length of time observed: 45 minutes
Number: 1
Age: n/a
Sex: male
Location: Pelican Lake
County: Uintah
Latilong: n/a
Elevation: n/a
Distance to bird: 200 yards
Optical equipment: both binoculars and scope - camera
Weather: warm, very little wind
Light Conditions: bright and clear
Description:        Size of bird: approx. 23 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: duck
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: blackish, brown, bill yellow
(Description:)            Bill Type: duck
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The color resembled a female mallard duck. The bill was yellow. Pale brown on the face
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: floating in water, at times going to sleep
Habitat: fresh water lake
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
mallard duck.color of the bill. Brian Maxfield had reported this two or more times to eBird. He told us what to look for and the place to find the duck. There was a pair of mallards also, we could compare it two in the lake.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I am from Ohio, and did duck counts for Ottawa NWR. This is one species we had to count once a month.
References consulted: Sibley and National Geographic
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Ned Bixler
Observer's address: 1156 N 2920 W Provo, Ut. 84601
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: As metioned above Brian Maxfield, and present also was Doug Mead
Date prepared: 3/25/2014
Additional material: Photos, taken by both Brian Maxfield and Doug Mead