Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2007-10
|Scientific name:||Spiza americana|
|Length of time observed:||20 seconds|
|Location:||Lytle Ranch Preserve (south end of the orchard)|
|Distance to bird:||30 feet|
|Optical equipment:||10x42 Nikon Binocs and a Canon Camera w/ 400mm lens|
|Weather:||Windy and hot|
|Light Conditions:||Bright and sunny.|
|Description: Size of bird:||Sparrow sized|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||like a house sparrow|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||Drab gray nd brown with a little rufous, yellow and black|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||large, kind of like a small grosbeak bill|
Field Marks and
Rather drab gray overall. The breast had a yellow wash and the shoulder had a
rufous wash. The bird was sitting in the same position the entire time, not
allowing a view of the back or tail, before it flew off to the south.
The head had a rather unique pattern, but due to the flattened crown I was unable to see the supposed dark crown. However, the bird had a pale supercilium with a slight yellow wash above the eye. The eye was dark, with a slighlty dark, thin eyeline behind the eye.
The bird had a whitish malar with a slight yellow wash near the middle. The bird had a black lateral throat stripe and a white throat to complete the unique head pattern.
The bill was rather large and a blue-gray color.
|Song or call & method of delivery:|
|Behavior:||sitting on a branch for about 20 seconds before flying away.|
|Habitat:||Orchard at the edge of a cottonwood based riparian area, in the middle of Utah's Mojave desrt.|
were they eliminated:
|Several sparrow may look similar, but none have the combination of a rufous shoulder and yellow breast wash.|
this & similar species:
|Had never seen a female Dickcissel before, but have seen numerous males in Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin.|
|References consulted:||Sibley Guide to Birds|
|Description from:||Notes made later|
|Observer's address:||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||none|