Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-10

Common name:

Red-throated Loon

Scientific name: Gavia stellata
Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 1:30pm
Length of time observed: half an hour
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Quail Creek State Park
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 200-300 yards?
Optical equipment: Nikon Coolpix P900
Weather: mostly sunny
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape: loon-shaped--doing that upturned head thing they do.
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: gray and white
(Description:)            Bill Type: longish and pointy
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Pure white face, no collar, speckled back.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Swimming
Habitat: Fresh water
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Nothing else local has that speckled back and the lack of collar.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
None; any loon is a lifer for me.
References consulted: Sibley's Western Birds, National Geographic 6th ed., Birding in Utah FB group
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Julie Frost
Observer's address: 8256 Creekwood Cir.
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 3/10/18
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: