Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 8-1995
|Scientific name:||Pluvialis fulva|
|Date:||18 Sep 1995|
|Length of time observed:||About two minutes, on-off, including ~30 seconds through a Kowa Scope at about 150 - 200 feet (saw it longer than that at a greater distance). The rest of the time I used a pair of 10x Leica binoculoars|
|Location:||Alkaline mudflat ponds south of Willard Bay, east of Harold S. Crane refuge.|
|Distance to bird:||150 - 200'|
|Optical equipment:||10x Leicas, Kowa scope with 30x eyepiece|
|Light Conditions:||Clear, bright sun. Sun was behind bird, about 30-50° to the left. My view was SW with scope, and mostly south with binoculars.|
|Detailed description of bird:||
- Size and general shape of Black-bellied plover, but seemed sleeker,
taller (more upright posture) (It may be this posture was due to alarm posture,
but alarmed Black-bellied plovers I have seen on 3 continents never looked quite
like that). Killdeer next to it was dwarfed.
- Orangey-buff tone to face, breast, and back -- most notably on cheek area and eyestripe. Blackish patch on cheek.
- Bill approximately as long as head, thick like plover, dark.
- No dark patch visible under wings in flight (though my view was not ideal due to angle of sun). Underwings buffy??? Shape of wings appeared very long and slender pointed.
- Back speckled. Breast less so.
- Almost reminded me of Buff-breasted sandpiper in neck/head shape & large, dark eye on buffy face.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||none heard|
- Bird flew off farther and farther twice, each time apparently silently
and for more than 200 feet.
- When flew to a new spot, it momentarily held up its wings upon landing, in manner of willet.
|Habitat:||- Pickle salt weed and muddy edge of shallow pool in briny area.|
how were they eliminated:
- Warm, buffy tone on body and, especially, head eliminated other
pluvialis plovers. The eyestripe and cheek area were specially rufousy.
- The cheek spot was very discrete in manner shown in Shorebirds: An Identification Guide, plate 32.
|Previous experience with this & similar species:||I have never seen this particular species before. I have seen Black-bellied/Grey plovers on three continents on many occasions. Mark Stackhouse & I saw an American golden plover two weeks later up close (~50 - 75 feet) and that bird had different posture and (startlingly different) coloration.|
- Peterson's A field Guide to Western Birds, erd ed. -- in the
- National Geographic Society's Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 2nd ed. -- in the field.
- Peter Hayman, et al Shorebirds: An Identification Guide -- at home, confirmation of decision made in the field.
|Description from:||Notes Taken at time of sighting|
|Observer:||David Salas Wheeler|
|Observer's address:||2196 So. 1000 Ea., Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Phone: (801) 484-7319|
|Observer's e-mail address:|
observers who independently identified
|Mark Stackhouse, Laura Lackhart|
|Additional material:||Photo | Drawing | Tape | Other|
|Other:||Significance of record in this area or the state: There are no other confirmed sightings of this recently-split species in Utah to date. Most members of species migrate winter along California coast or far out at sea.|
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