Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-10

Common name:

Hudsonian Godwit

Scientific name: Limosa haemastica
Date: 4/24/05
Time: app 12:00 pm
Length of time observed: 10 min
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: female (presumed)
Location: Antelope Island Causeway
County: Davis
Latilong: unknown
Elevation: unknown
Distance to bird: 50-100 feet
Optical equipment: Brunton Epoch 7.5 x 43
Weather: cloundy with intermittent rain showers
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: large (noticably smaller than Marbled Godwits)
(Description:)       Basic Shape: godwit
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: see description below
(Description:)            Bill Type: godwit type - very long with pronounced up-turn
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The bird was first noticed as a smaller godwit in a group of godwits. Upon observation through bins the smaller bird was noted to have a bright white supercillium. We stopped the car and watched as the godwits fed along the causeway. The smaller bird with the white supercilium was carefully observed as it fed. The bill was pinkish orange from the base to at least halfway to the tip. The bill tip was black on both upper and lower mandible. The supercillium was nearly pure
white, but at this distance there were some noticable tiny dark feathers mixed in with the white along the edges. Eye was black with a noticable eyeline that was much darker in the supra loral area than the post ocular. The corwn was darkish with buffy -gray striping. The back was fairly
unremarkable, being mostly grayish with black mottling with some buffy markings. Folded primary tips were dark. Breast was finely barred and the base color was mostly a light orangish with much white. Belly was mostly white with fairly heavy dark barring intermittent throughout. Flanks/sides were mostly white with some orange markings and had very bold dark verticle barring throughout. Undertail coverts appeared totally white. Eventually the bird stretched wings and the obvious pattern of the wings clinched the ID. The underwings were mostly black with a
noticable basal primary stripe of white. Upperwings were also dark with a basal white stripe of both secondaries and primaries.
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: actively forageing on mud
Habitat: mudflat
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The only godwit species with wing colorations such as this is the Bar-tailed Godwit which has white underwings. Willets exhibit similar wing pattern, but this was an obvious godwit.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
This is the first time I have observed Hudsonian Godwit. I have seen thousands of Marbled Godwits on the Washington coast. I have also seen Bar-tailed Godwit on the Washington coast
References consulted: Sibleys, National Geographic, Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, Shorbirds of North America
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Doug Schonewald
Observer's address: 1535 S Skyline Dr, Moses Lake, WA 98837
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: My wife observed the bird with me, however she has only recently become more than a casual birder.
Date prepared: 5/4/05
Additional material:  
Additional comments: sketches of head and wings will be sent to Milton Moody as time permits for me to scan them and send them.