Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2004-44b

Common name:

Rufous-backed Robin

Scientific name: Turdus rufopalliatus
Date: 12-27-04
Time: 8:15 am and 8:45 am
Length of time observed: 5 minutes on each occasion
Number: 1
Age:  unknown, probably an adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Jim Trees' apple orchard, SR#9, next to Springdale Fruit Company
County: Washington
Latilong: 37degrees14'58.69"N, 112degrees 59'1.03"W
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Distance to bird: 30 - 50 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 Nikon Monarch, 20-60x Bausch Scope, Canon Digital Rebel w/ 300mm lens
Weather: Overcast, windy, cold, with a little drizzle on and off
Light Conditions: low light
Detailed description of bird: A thrush-like species, similair to American Robin, except with a light cinnamon belly, and a rufous colored back. Whitish throat, with an overall light grey head, rump, wing, and tail. Obviously not an American Robin, and definately a Rufous-backed Robin.
Pictures were taken.  (see Photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: n/a
Behavior: Feeding on the ground between rows of apple trees. The bird flew off on several occasions. Although there was a large number of American Robins around, the Rufous-backed tended to be solitary and away from the other birds.
Habitat: Apple Orchard
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
American Robin - no rufous back
Varied Thrush - head markings not on RBRO
Dark-eyed Junco - to small and a conical bill
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley's Guide to Birds of North America
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Tim Avery
Observer's address: 1754 Garfield Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Colby Neuman
Date prepared: 12-27-04    (General Public)
Additional material: Photos
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