Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2019-09

Common name:

Little Blue Heron

Scientific name: Egretta caerulea
Date: 5/4/19
Time: 3:00 pm
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 30 yards
Optical equipment: 10X50 binoc and 150mm-600mm zoom lens
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Sunny day. Bird was in shade
Description:        Size of bird: About same as Snowy Egret
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Similar to Snowy Egret
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Dark blue Gray with reddish purple neck and head
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long, thick, tapered, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
See Photos
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Roosting in trees
Habitat: Small pond with thick brush/oak borders.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
See Photos
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
None with this species.I have seen and am quiet familiar with Reddish Egret, Snowy Egret, Green Heron, and Great Blue Heron
References consulted: Sibly Birds West, Second Edition, and Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
Description from: From memory
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Terry Reid
Observer's address: 2675 East Canyon Rd
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: James Loveless, Matthew Pendleton
Date prepared: 5/5/19
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: This Bird was first reported by Paul Jaussi as having been seen by an unidentified person on May 3, 2019. it was seen and photographed by James Loveless at sunset the same day.