Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-49

Common name:

Hudsonian Godwit

Scientific name: Limosa Haemastica
Date: 6/24/2020
Time: 3pm
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Antelope Island SP - Causeway
County: Davis
Latilong: 41.0894, -112.173333
Elevation: ~ 4,000ft ASL
Distance to bird: ~ 125yrds
Optical equipment: Vortex Scope, 10 x 42 bins and a bridge camera
Weather: Hot, 90% sunny and 10mph wind
Light Conditions: very bright
Description:        Size of bird: large shorebird, roughly the size of the Avocets by it.
(Description:)       Basic Shape: the body is football shaped with long legs and neck
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown/chestnut
(Description:)            Bill Type: long upturned
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The undersides of the bird where deep chestnut colored with a brown back. the head was much paler and contrasted with the body color. the bill was upturned with an orange base and dark tip.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: He was wading in the water about knee high or less foraging for food.
Habitat: mudflats with spares vegetation
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Marbled Godwit do not have chestnut colored bellies and backs are much lighter than HUGO, their faces do not contrast with their body color. Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew and both Dowitchers were eliminated as all their bills curve downward not up. Long-billed Dowitcher DOES have deep chestnut colored belly but unlike HUGO it's unicolored and non contrasting in the face. plus a dark black bill unlike HUGO.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I regularly see Hudsonian Godwits in my home state in Iowa and Nebraska each spring. I have minimum experience with Marbled Godwit seen a couple times in each state of CA, NE, ID and SD. Minimum experience with Long-Billed Curlew in Ne and CA. Minimum experience with Whimbrel in GA, TX and CA. I regularly see both Dowitchers in numerous states both spring and fall.
References consulted: N/A
Description from: From memory
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Kadynn Hatfield
Observer's address: 10365 290th St. Silver City Iowa 51571
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Lauren Brockway
Date prepared: 9/24/2020
Additional material: poor pics
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