Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2002-22
|Scientific name:||Spizella pallida|
|Date:||5/14/2002 and 5/15/2002|
|Time:||3:30pm (5/14), 10:00am (5/15)|
|Length of time observed:||~15 min. (5/14), ~10 min. (5/15)|
|Location:||Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, St. George|
|Distance to bird:||5 to 10 yards|
|Optical equipment:||Pentax 10x42 DCF WP, Pentax 8x42 DCF WP|
|Light Conditions:||Bright sun.|
|Detailed description of bird:||
Tan-brown crown with black streaks and white central stripe.
Distinct white supercilium and malar areas.
Tan-brown cheek with dark line along top edge and bottom edge.
Dark line between white malar area and whitish-gray throat.
Light colored bill.
Tan-brown back with dark streaks.
Tan-brown rump without streaks.
Breast and underparts grayish-white with no central breast spot or streaking.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Not heard.|
|Behavior:||Feeding and hopping in grass and lower branches of trees with about 20 Chipping Sparrows.|
|Habitat:||Grassy, treed area near small stream.|
how were they eliminated:
Breeding plumaged Chipping Sparrows seen nearby had rufous cap, gray cheek and
grayer breast than Clay-colored Sparrow.
Based on distinctive bright facial markings of the breeding plumaged Clay-colored Sparrow, there are no other birds that are similar.
|Previous experience with this & similar species:||Seen in nine different states and Canadian provinces since 1990. Saw several in North Dakota in 1999.|
|References consulted:||The Sibley Guide to Birds National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America|
|Description from:||From memory|
|Observer:||Kathy and Joel Beyer|
|Observer's address:||1719 Hillcrest Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
observers who independently identified
|Date prepared:||6/29/2002 (General Public)|