Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-42

Common name:

Red Phalarope

Scientific name: Phalaropus fulicarius
Date: 9/13/2020
Time: 12:14pm
Length of time observed: 3+ minutes
Number: 1
Age: juvenile
Sex: unknown
Location: Causeway, Antelope Island
Distance to bird: 20 yards
Optical equipment: Swarovski EL 12x42 binoculars, Nikon D700 camera, AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D E lens
Weather: Sunny, warm
Light Conditions: Bright
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape: sandpiper-like
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type: ong and straight, dagger-like
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Quite a bit larger than the red-necked phalaropes nearby. They were close together so it was easy to notice the 1"+ difference in size. It was transitioning into non breeding plumage, so a hint of the rust color was still present on the throat and the back was still mottled. Bill was short and widened at the base.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Swimming with other phalaropes
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
It had an ear-patch, which rules out Wilson's. It was also smaller than a Wilson's. It still had a hint of a rust color on it's throat and belly, while red-throated would have a white belly and a white patch on the throat. It was also larger than a red-throated
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: All About Birds, Facebook groups, iBird Pro app
Description from: Notes made later
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Holly Minor
Observer's address: 133 East Cimmarron Way
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 9/15/2020
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: