Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2007-28

Common name:

Bronzed Cowbird

Scientific name: Molothrus aeneus
Date: 7-2-07
Time: 6:00 PM
Length of time observed: On and off for 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Location: 131 N Butch Cassidy Trl in Central
County: Washington
Elevation: 5500 FT
Distance to bird: 30 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 B&L Elites 20x60 zoom Zeiss scope
Weather: Clear skies
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Medium size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Stocky
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: Large seed eater bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Brownish gray overall. Wings and back darker then the underparts. Stocky looking seed eater with large dark conical bill and somewhat flat looking crown. Prominent red iris really stood out on bird. The tail did look relatively short on the bird compared to the Brown-headed Cowbirds that were also present.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Feeding on seeds with the rest of the birds in the yard.
Habitat: Pinion Juniper habitat.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The easily seen red iris. Plus the shape, color and size of the bill made it difficult to mistake it for any other cowbird or bird.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen them a couple other times in Utah and many times in California and Arizona.
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Larry Tripp
Observer's address: 131 N Butch Cassidy Trl Central, UT. 84722
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 10-7-07
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: The bird was also present the next morning 7-3-07