Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2005-37(R83)
1983 sighting resubmitted in September 2005
Information for this record is taken from a UFO sight record received 6 Apr 1983.
Le Conte's Thrasher
|Scientific name:||Toxostoma lecontei|
|Date:||5 Mar 1983|
|Length of time observed:||30 min.|
|Sex:||Male in breeding plumage|
|Location:||Beaver Dam Slope, 0.8 mi. N. of Ariz-Ut. state line & 1.2 mi. W. of Hwy 91. T43S, R19W, sec. 26 SE 1/4|
|Distance to bird:||60 to 200' estimated|
|Optical equipment:||7x35 binocs. 20x scope; 35 mm camera with 300mm lens|
Clear, winds SW at 5 mph., 60 deg. F.;
(Prior weather:) several days of rain & wind prior to this day.
|Light Conditions:||good, sun to observers back|
|Description: Size of bird:|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:|
|(Description:) Bill Type:|
Field Marks and
Length of bird was approximately 10-11 inches. Coloration of upperparts
excluding tail was uniformly tan or sandy. Underparts were lighter than
upper parts - very light sandy except under tail coverts which were buffy.
Tail was quite long and slender (~ 4 inches), & light brown (much darker than
back). Bill was dark, slender, and decurved, but not as decurved as
Crissal Thrasher. Eye was dark. Legs were dark.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||A series of musical phrases. Lacked the repitition of notes common with Crissal thrasher.|
|Behavior:||Bird was first observed singing from the top of a Joshua tree. Later flew to ground and ran with tail held up at an angle: (see drawing)|
|Habitat:||Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) & Amborsia dumosa with scattered Joshua trees.|
were they eliminated:
Bendire's Thrasher: coloration is darker - grayish-brown, iris is yellow,
& bill is less decurved. Underparts usually are lightly streaked.
Crissal Thrasher: Dark brown plumage, rufous undertail coverts, yellow iris.
this & similar species:
|Observer's address:||889 S. Cedar Knolls W., Cedar City, UT 847?? Phone: 801 586-3420|
|Observer's e-mail address:|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||
Merrill Webb 224-6113
Mark Bromley 375 - 1564
|Date prepared:||8 Mar 1983|