Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 11-1999

Common name:

Northern Cardinal

Scientific name: Cardinalis cardinalis
Date: 13 May 1999
Time: 7:10 pm
Length of time observed: 30 min.
Number: 1
Sex: male
Location: (Backyard) 767 So. 1030 E., Orem, UT  84097
County: Utah
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment:  
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: good early evening light
Detailed description of bird: See field guides
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Nervous- The male always shows first & then leaves while the female comes -  They alternate several times before showing themselves together.
Habitat: Backyard cottonwoods - but fairly dense - 2 blocks west of Provo river (in River bottoms).  Feeders in yard
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Both the male & female look exactly like the ones pictured in the field guides.
Previous experience with this & similar species: This male and his mate have been coming to my backyard since April 30. 1997 - They come in late morning and early evening usually staying 20 - 30 min for about two weeks each time.
References consulted: Audubon Field Guide, Nat'l Geographic Field Guide
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting and from memory
Observer: Brenda Norris
Observer's address: 767 so. 1030 East, Orem, UT  84097
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Several of my daughters have observed this pair over the last two years
Date prepared: 13 Jul 1999
Additional material: Original Documents
Comment: Until I read McIvor's Birding in Utah last week, I did not know seeing this pair of Cardinals was uncommon.

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