Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Harlequin Duck

Scientific name: Histrionicus histrionicus
Date: October 23, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Unknown
Sex: Female or Immature
Location: [Antelope Island Causeway]
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 30 meters
Optical equipment: 10x42 binocs
Weather: Cloudy and overcast. slight rain
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird: small duck size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: duck shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown with white markings in head pattern
(Description:)            Bill Type: Small and dark bue-gray
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Small duck brown overall slightly darker back and tail. small,dark, blue-gray bill. distinctive head pattern with smudgy white extending from the bill back through the face. Dark around the eye. Rather steep forehead. White articular patch.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Did not fly but swam away from shore when I got out to take a picture. Did not see the belly
Habitat: Great Salt lake
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Distinctive bill and head (shape and pattern) eliminates scoters,buffleheads.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: From memory
Observer: Terry Sadler
Observer's address: 887 Germania Ave, Murray, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
  Dan White
Date prepared: !0/25/12
Additional material: Photo
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