Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2022-32

Common name:

Hudsonian Godwit

Scientific name: Limosa haemastica
Date: 05/11/22
Time: 8:45 AM
Length of time observed: 25 minutes
Number: 1
Age: unknown
Sex: Female
Location: Willard Spur WMA
County: Box Elder
Distance to bird: 60 yds
Optical equipment: Swarovski 65mm scope with 20-60x eyepiece
Weather: hot and clear
Light Conditions: directe sunlight
Description:        Size of bird: Large shorebird, larger than nearby Willet
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Long bill and long leg on an oval shape body
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: mostly gray with some of purplish/maroon of alt plumage on the belly
(Description:)            Bill Type: long thin
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
A gray godwit, the size and bill length clearly indicating a female. I estimated that ~15% of the feathers where the bright alternate feathers and the color of these feathers made it clear the bird was a Hudsonian Godwits.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Regularly probing in the water.
Habitat: Shallow pool
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
While I did not see the underwing, the color of the incoming alternate feathers was clearly that of a Hudsonian Godwit, not a Bar-tailed.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen thousands of Hudsonian Godwits on the Texas coast in more than 20 springs of birding there including a few some groups there this part spring. Smaller numbers on the east coast in fall, perhaps another hundred or so though this birds often where viewed more carefully as they tended to be scarce in the areas I was observing them. I've seen several hundred Bar-tailed Godwits in Alaska, mostly in Spring and thousands in New Zealand where I visited one of the major wintering areas for the species.
References consulted: None
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Cameron Cox
Observer's address: 706 Ivy Ave, Tillamook OR
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 07/02/22
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: Went pretty sparse on this as the photos make the identification straightforward