Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-49

Common name:


Scientific name: Calidris pugnax
Date: 9-27-2017
Time: 12:00
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Farmington Bay WFMA
County: Davis
Elevation: 4215
Distance to bird: 50m
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x50 Binoculars,Vortex 20-60X spotting scope
Weather: Sunny,clear,65F
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: 11 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  Large long legged shorebird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Gray back,pale throat and belly
(Description:)            Bill Type: Shortish,orange base
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Large shorebird with bright orange legs, orange bill base indicating adult male in non-breeding plumage. Grayish back and pale throat and belly, very distinctive.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Feeding in mudflats with Yellowlegs
Habitat: Shallow freshwater pond and mudflats
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Mixed with Yellowlegs, notably larger, and orange not yellow legs.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes,saw a juvy here last year exact same location
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 84102,SLC,UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Matt Pendleton, Vivian Schneggenburger, Lauri Taylor and others
Date prepared:  9-27-17
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: eBird checklist: