Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-

Common name:

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Scientific name: Carduelis lawrencei
Date: 10/16/04
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Length of time observed: 3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 25 to 30 feet
Optical equipment: Pentax 8x42 and Pentax 10x42 Binoculars
Weather: Sunny
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Size similar to a chickadee; much smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows it was with.
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Overall body color was gray with some black and yellow markings.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Conical pale peach colored bill.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Black area on the face from the top of the head down in front of the eye and narrowing on either side of the bill. The black was also present on the chin beneath the bill.
Wings had some black markings and yellow wingbars
Breast was gray overall with a yellow "bib" patch.
Song or call & method of delivery: Not heard
Behavior: Perched on lower branch of tree about 3 feet off the ground for a couple of minutes. Then, moved from branch to branch for about 15 seconds while looking down toward the ground. Then, flew down into the grass where numerous White-crowned Sparrows were feeding. At this
point we lost sight of the bird in the tall grass and did not see it again.
Habitat: Fruit tree orchard carpeted with long grass
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Other goldfinches do not have a black face and chin.
Warblers do not have a conical bill.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
We've seen Lawrence's Goldfinches in California. We've seen the other goldfinch species numerous times.
References consulted: Sibley and National Geographic
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Joel and Kathy Beyer
Observer's address: 1719 Hillcrest Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 7/8/05
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