Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2004-14

Common name:

Great Crested Flycatcher

Scientific name: Myiarchus crinitus
Date: 6/20/04
Time: 8:45 PM
Length of time observed: Only 2-3 minutes
Number: 2
Age: 1 adult, 1 poss. Juv.
Location: Negro Bill Canyon, about 3/4 mile in. Seen by creek in dense trees/willows/brush
County: Grand
Distance to bird: 30 feet
Optical equipment: Bausch & Lomb Discoverer Binocs, 8X42
Weather: Light clouds, wind
Light Conditions: good
Detailed description of bird: Bird A appeared to be an adult, largish flycatcher with large bill. Tail obviously quite reddish/orange. Appeared colorful, when in flight. Very gray on head and face. Noticeable white edging on tertials.

Bird B in close proximity, same as above but seemed to have duller, muted colors. Bird B was the one making the WheeUP calls.
Song or call & method of delivery: A repeated WheeUP, WheeUP. Very distinctive.
Behavior: Swooping up to catch bugs, dashing back into the brush.
Habitat: Dense ripairian habitat, willows, few R. Olives, Sumac, Mountain Mohagany. Other various shrubs and trees.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
I first though of Ash throated flycatcher, but the wheeUP calls did not fit, nor the brighter colors. Also, the dusky-capped and Brown -Crested, neither seemed likely, again, given the distinctive call notes.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have been birding for over 25 years and am fairly familiar with these big flycatchers
References consulted: Sibley's Guide to Birds, National Geographic Field Guide to the Brids of NA, Bird Songs of the Rocky Mountain States and Provinces, and Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter
Description from: From memo
Observer: Connie Kogler
Observer's address: 65369 Solar Rd
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 6/21/04   (General Public)
Additional material:  
Additional comments: None