Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2021-29

Common name:

Ancient Murrelet

Scientific name: Synthliboramphus antiquus
Date: 31 Oct 2019  [info from Orem Animal Control - 30 Oct 2019]
Length of time observed:  
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Utah Lake, exact locality unknown 
[info from Orem Animal Control - parking lot in Payson, UT]
County: Utah
Distance to bird: In Hand
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A weakened bird was brought from Utah County, presumably Utah Lake, but not certain, to Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation on 31 October 2019. The bird died on 01 November 2019 and it was donated the the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology at the University of California, Davis in January 2020. There the bird was prepared as a round skin and spread wing. It was an adult female. It is specimen WFB-15248. We had not realize that this bird did not make its way to the records committee and so I am following up as this is only the fifth state record and first since the 1970s.
(see photos)

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Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Andrew Engilis Jr
Observer's address: One Shields Ave University of California Davis, Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bird was picked up by Vickey DePriest and delivered to Second Chance Wildlife Rehab, received by Debbie Souza-Pappas
Date prepared: 17 May 2021
Additional material: Photos  
Additional comments: We can provide photos of the bird upon request.


Andrew Engilis, Jr.
Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
Dept of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology
One Shield Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616