Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-0

Common name:

Pacific Golden-Plover

Scientific name: Pluvialis fulva
Date: 09-13-2014
Time: 4:40 pm
Length of time observed: 35 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Juvenile
Sex: Unknown
Location: Antelope Island Causeway, mm 5, north side
County: Davis
Elevation: 4325
Distance to bird: 120 yards
Optical equipment: Vortex, Brunton, Swarovski spotters, Pentax Binos.
Weather: Clear and sunny.
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: ~10"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Slender, streamlined plover
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Buffy/golden
(Description:)            Bill Type: Short, straight
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Plover with an overall golden coloration, absent of significant supercilium, primaries extended slightly beyond tail, dark post ocular spot.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Sitting on ground quartering away when first spotted. Standing in a somewhat relaxed position for the remainder of the time.
Habitat: Mudflats
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Elimination: BBPL: coloration, size, shape, Bill. BBPL would've appeared much larger and more grayish. Belly would've seemed deeper, Bill would've been heavier.

AMGP: coloration, shape, face pattern, primaries. AMGP would've had a more pale underside, been slightly 'thicker, had longer primary extensions, white supercilium would've stood out.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Extensive with BBPL, have seen numerous AMGP, have seen Pacific in CA, but in breeding plumage.
References consulted: Sibley's, Nat Geo field guides. Internet.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Taylor Abbott, Kendall Watkins, Carl Ingwell, Pat Jividen
Date prepared: 9-24-2014
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Although report was prepared a week and a half ex post facto, all descriptions were from notes taken at time of observation, not from memory.