Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-68

Common name:

Red Phalarope

Scientific name: Phalaropus fulicarius
Date: 11-07-2020
Time: 2:30pm
Length of time observed: 20 Minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Sand Hollow Reservior
County: Washington
Latilong: 37.105240, -113.389759
Elevation: 3200ft
Distance to bird: 50m
Optical equipment: Kowa 20-65X spotting scope
Weather: Partly cloudy, 60F
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: 8.5 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Plump small shorebird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Gray above, white below
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I was scanning the through the ducks and coots on the water from the SW dock parkinglot. I noticed a Phalarope mixed in. I zoomed in with my scope all the way and it had a shortish stout bill, and a smooth gray back without any streaking. It had a tiny amount of pink at the base of the lower mandible visible in some of the photos, making it a Red Phalarope.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Swimming on water
Habitat: Freshwater reservoir
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Red-necked Phalarope are very similar but have a longer thinner bill that comes to a needle like point and is all black. They also have some black, gray and white streaking in the mantle, and are smaller.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, several
References consulted: memory
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Tim Brown, Jennifer Speers and Sue Bellagamba were with me
Date prepared: 11-08-2020
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: eBird: