Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 9-2001
|Scientific name:||Calidris ferruginea|
|Date:||8 May 2001|
|Length of time observed:||30 minutes|
|Location:||Antelope Island Causeway|
|Distance to bird:||10 meters|
|Weather:||clear, no wind|
|Detailed description of bird:||
This was a medium sized shorebird. It had Reddish brown head, breast, mantle,
and belly. Decurved bill with whitish area near the base of the lower bill.
White rump visible when the bird stretched out its wings as was a white wing
stripe. White undertail coverts - some spots.
|Song or call & method of delivery:|
|Behavior:||This bird was mostly sleeping or sitting idle among sanderlings occasionally the bird would stretch out and preen itself.|
|Habitat:||rocky shoreline of the great salt lake along the Antelope Island causeway|
how were they eliminated:
Dunlin: while Dunlin is similar in basic plumage and has the decurved bill, in
breeding plumage it does not have this reddish brown plumage instead has rufous
crown and back, whitish throat & back with dark streaking, black belly,
lacks white rump.
Stilt Sandpiper: while it has a slightly decurved bill, bill is thicker. Has green legs that are longer. White supercillium, different color overall.
Sanderling: lacks decurved bill, reddish brown does not extend to belly
|Previous experience with this & similar species:||I observer another Curlew Sandpiper along the Antelope Island Causeway several years ago along with many other observers|
|References consulted:||Shorebirds: An Identification Guide, National Geographic Guide to Birds of No. America, Sibley Guide to Birds|
|Description from:||Notes at time of sighting.|
|Observer's address:||887 Germania Ave. Murray, UT 84123|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
observers who independently identified
|Joel and Kathy Beyer,|
|Date prepared:||21 June 2001|
|Additional material:||Photo, Original Document|
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