Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 12-2001

Common name:


Scientific name: Philomachus pugnax
Date: 9/23/01
Time: ca 1:30pm
Length of time observed: half an hour
Number: 1
Age: juvenile
Location: end of Glover Lane, south end of small puddle
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 50 ft
Optical equipment:  Zeis 7x42 and Kowa TSN 15 to 60 zoom
Weather: bright sunny, know glare
Light Conditions: perfect
Detailed description of bird: Shorebird, shortish, black droopy bill, yellow legs, ruffled feathers on back. Feathers very scaly and and edged. Face, throat and breast buffy with no streaks. From legs back it was whitish. Black line from back of the eye back. Distinctive plump body with long legs. Julie Van Moorhem and I found the bird and called Mark Stackhouse and he got pictures which I'm sure he will submit.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Feeding and wading
Habitat: Mudflat and shallow pool
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Legs too long for a pectorial and breast not streaked. Too big and different face and beak for a Buff-bellied sandpiper. Very distinctive bird. 
Previous experience with this & similar species: I have seen about 50-100 Ruff in various 
plumages in Israel. i saw one in this same plumage in Oregon last Sept.
References consulted: Sibley, National Geographic
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Dana Green, Julie Van Moorhem
Observer's address: 14490 Majestic Oaks Ln. Riverton Ut, 84065
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Mark Stackhouse, David Wheeler
Date prepared: 9-23-01
Additional material: Mark says he got photos. (will post as soon as available)

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