Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2007-25

Common name:

Blue-headed Vireo

Scientific name: Vireo solitarius
Date: 08-18-07
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Length of time observed: 5-10 seconds
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unkown
Location: Garr Ranch, Antelope Is.
County: Davis
Latilong: ?
Elevation: 4700" ??
Distance to bird: 20 feet or less
Optical equipment: 10x50 Nikon Binoculars
Weather: Cloudy
Light Conditions: Fair
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bold white spectacles (no eye line), blue head, white throat & breast, small, blunt bill.  About 5 inches in length.  Darkish-colored back.  The contrast between the head & white throat & breast was distinct.  It was facing me at a lower elevation in a vine & I did not see flanks.
(see photos by Tim Avery)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Foraging in vegetation at about four feet high along fenceline.
Habitat: Forested
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Wasn't a warbler because of bill shape.
Wasn't a Plumbeous or Cassin's Vireo due to head color.  Both of these have gray heads.  The bird I saw had a distinct blue head.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Only once in Minnesota about 3 years ago.
References consulted: Kaufman's Birds of No. America, Pg. 291
Description from: From memory
Observer: Merrill Webb
Observer's address: 1063 E. 400 No. Orem, UT  84097
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 08-19-07
Additional material:  
Additional Comments: Was with Glenn Barlow who was about 30 yards away.  I hollered at him 3 separate times, each time a little louder because he didn't hear me.  The 3rd time when he finally heard me, it scared the bird into the trees & we could not relocate it.  Frustrating.