Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-23

Common name:

Upland Sandpiper

Scientific name: Bartramia longicauda
Date: August 31, 2016
Time: 9:13 am
Length of time observed: 22 minutes
Number: 1
Age: unknown
Sex: unknown
Location: West Golden Spike Drive North
County: Box Elder County
Latilong: 41.633694, -112.535352
Elevation: unknown
Distance to bird: 75 feet approximately
Optical equipment: Nikon D810 with 500mm lens + 1.4x Tc, effectively 700mm
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Bright
Description:        Size of bird: 11 to 12 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: medium sized shorebird with upright posture
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: cryptic browns, tans, buff -browns
(Description:)            Bill Type: short with dark tip
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Long yellow legs, short yellow bill with dark tip, small head, large eyes with light orbital ring and long tail. Gray patterned under the wing, speckled brown chevrons on upper chest, light colored belly and ventral area. Mostly brown back and upper wings.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Near constant chattering call probably due to the close proximity of a Golden Eagle.
Behavior: Believe the Upland Sandpiper was chattering because of a Golden Eagle about three power poles away. It kept its neck down and repeatedly lifted its wings.
Habitat: sagebrush
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Eliminated Buff-breasted Sandpiper because they have shorter legs and tails, they have dark bills and a buffy wash from their necks to their bellies that this bird does not have.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibely's Guide to Western Birds, iBird Pro app
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mia McPherson
Observer's address: 896 W Riverbend Dr, Salt Lake City, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Ron Dudley also saw and photographed the sandpiper.
Date prepared: 8/31/2016
Additional material: eBird report with images  Photos
Additional comments: Link to eBird report and images: