Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-10

Common name:

Red Phalarope

Scientific name: Phalaropus fulicarius
Date: 9/26/2016
Time: 8:30 AM
Length of time observed:  5 minutes
Number: 2
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location:  Antelope Island State Park Marina
County: Davis
Elevation: 4,200'
Distance to bird: 75'
Optical equipment:  8x42 binoculars and a 500mm lens
Weather:  Sunny and clear
Light Conditions:  Perfect morning light
Description:        Size of bird: large shorebird
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  "floating football"
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  white, gray, and black
(Description:)            Bill Type: mid-length, thick bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Large phalaropes in basic plumage--mostly white, with a gray back with some black streaks. Head had a large black tear drop behind the eye, and a black rear cap with a lighter grayer crown. The birds sat high in the water, so they had a "football" shape appearance that REPH often seem to have.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior:  Feeding on calm water
Habitat:  Great Salt Lake Marina--still, shallow water protected by a breakwall
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-necked Phalarope have a thinner bill that tapers to a dagger at the end. Since the birds weren't in the company of any Red-necked at the time, it was impossible to judge size, but the bill alone is key.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen all 3 species of phalarope on numerous occasions.
References consulted: None.
Description from: Notes made later
Observer:  Tim Avery
Observer's address: Sandy, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 01/31/2016
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: Photos: