Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-16

Common name:

Upland Sandpiper

Scientific name: Bartramia longicauda
Date: Aug. 28, 2009
Time: Late afternoon
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Unknown
Sex: Unknown
Location: Antelope Island Causeway
County: Davis
Latilong: Unknown
Elevation: 4200 ft.
Distance to bird: 40 yards
Optical equipment: Several binoculars and scopes
Weather: Clear, hot
Light Conditions: Excellent
Description:        Size of bird: Larger and longer-legged than Killdeer
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Up-right sandpiper
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown/cream moddeled
(Description:)            Bill Type: Short straight
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I'm familiar with Upland Sandpipers from working on the northern Great Plains. The bird walked in a more verticle stance than most other shorebirds. It had a long tail, short straight bill with yellow base and black tip, small head, big eyes with alot of white around the eyes, and pale yellow legs. See photos.
Song or call & method of delivery: Silent
Behavior: Walking on mudflats and through pickleweed.
Habitat: Saltflat
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
From Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs with the overall brown color, the shorter less pointed bill, shorter legs, paler yellow on legs, and much white around the eye.
From Pectoral Sandpiper by larger size (12" vs 9"), longer legs, browner plumage, different eye pattern, breast pattern, and longer tail.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Much work on northern Great Plains - this bird seemed like an old friend.
References consulted: None at first, then others in the party looked at Sibley'
Description from: From memory
Observer: Keith Evans
Observer's address: 4826 Kiwana Drive, South Ogden, UT 84403
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Steve Somerfeld, John Bellmon, and Jack Rensel. Many others were quick to confirm our sighting.
Date prepared: Sept. 3, 2009
Additional material: Photos