Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-27

Common name:

Red Phalarope

Scientific name: Phalaropus fulicarius
Date: 09-01-2015
Time: 09:00am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult,non-breeding plumage
Sex: ?
Location: Antelope Island maria, Great Salt Lake
County: Davis
Elevation: 4200ft
Distance to bird: 15m
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x50 Binoculars, Canon SX50 hs Digital Camera
Weather: Sunny and clear, 70F
Light Conditions: Excelent
Description:        Size of bird: Small shorebird, 8in
(Description:)       Basic Shape: typical Phalarope
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: grayish back, white under parts, black mask
(Description:)            Bill Type: Short and thin
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
In the field what caught my eye was a Phalarope that appeared paler and slightly larger that the others it was with, so I began taking photos, and once I looked at the photos the yellow bill base was apparent.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: Feeding in the Great Salt Lake, in the marina near the docks, mixed with several Red-necked Phalarope
Habitat: Salt Water of the Great Salt Lake. Every year Phalarope gather here by the hundreds of thousands July-September.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
To my knowledge no other Phalarope besides a Red can have yellow in the bill, so that pretty much rules out all other species.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, saw one in 2014
References consulted:  'Shorebirds of North America' D. Paulson 2005. 'The Sibley Guide to Birds' D.A. Sibley 2014
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer:  Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 688 East 700 South #105, SLC, UT 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 10-14-2015
Additional material: Photos
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