Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-0

Common name:

Little Blue Heron

Scientific name: Egretta caerulea
Date: 07/23/2014
Time: 1:40 PM
Length of time observed: 35 Minutes
Number: 1
Location: Farmington Bay, Glover Pond and Nature Center
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 50 Meters
Optical equipment: Binoculars Swaroski 8.5-42,Nikon Spotting Scope 30X E82A
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Bright Sunshine
Description:        Size of bird: About 2 feet tall
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Dark Blue-Gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: Blusih Gray much like a Snowy Egret except for color
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird had a slate blue body with a purple blue head, dark all over. Yellow eyes, the bill was dark gray with a black tip. The size and shape reminded me of a Snowy Egret.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
I eliminated Great Blue Heron based on size and overall color there were examples of Great Blues nearby. I also considered a Black-crowned Night Heron, but once again shape and color were off.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I saw this bird earlier this year in San Diego and so was familiar with it.
References consulted:  
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Norman Jenson
Observer's address: 1564 Blueberry Hl, Sandy, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Gail Jenson, Shyloh Robinson
Date prepared: 07/23/14
Additional material: Photos