Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2007-05

Common name:

California Condor

Scientific name: Gymnogyps californianus
Date: 10/21/2006
Time: 11:00 am
Length of time observed: 5 hours
Number: 16
Age: Various
Sex: Male and Female
Location: Near Lava Point, Zion National Park
County: Washington
Latilong: unknown
Elevation: 7000 feet
Distance to bird: 50 yards
Optical equipment: binoculars, digital still and video cameras
Weather: clear, sunny
Light Conditions: bright
Description:        Size of bird: Huge
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Large vulture
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: black/grey/white
(Description:)            Bill Type: That of a condor
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Numbers on wings and radio tags dangling. Extensive video footage and still pictures made.

(see photos)

Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Lots of soaring on thermals. Perching and bathing.
Habitat: Rocky outcropping.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
n/a, although there were plenty of other raptors in the area.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: sibley's
Description from: From memory
Observer: Jeff Langford
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 4/21/2007
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: