Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2003-30

Common name:

Reddish Egret

Scientific name: Egretta rufescens
Date: 8/14/03  [last seen 9/28/03]
Time: 6:00 PM
Length of time observed: 45 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Immature
Location: Gunlock Res.
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 100 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 B&L Elites
Weather: Mostly clear sky, light win
Light Conditions: Good
Detailed description of bird: Mid sized Egret. Slender, long necked looking bird that was mostly gray with a pale reddish color on the head and neck. The bill was mostly dark but it was a little paler at the base. The legs were long and dark gray.   [see photos]
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Behavior: Very distinctive action of running around with wings spread out chasing after fish.
Habitat: Shallow res. edge.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Much smaller than a Great Blue Heron and less distinctly marked.  Larger and paler than a Little Blue Heron.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have saw many adult and Immature Reddish Egret in the East and the West.
References consulted: None at the time of the sighting
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Larry Tripp
Observer's address: 131 Butch Cassidy Trail, Central Utah
Observer's e-mail address: LTRIPP29@HOTMAIL.COM
Other observers who independently identified this bird: The bird has been there for a month and was seen by
many other birders.
Date prepared: 9/16/03  (General Public)
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: