Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-04

Common name:

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Scientific name: Carduelis lawrencei
Date: March 03 - 15+, 2008
Time: regularly visiting a feeder
Length of time observed: several long viewings through 3/14 (at least)
Number: 2
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Hamblin Drive, Santa Clara
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: 2 meters
Optical equipment: Leica 8 x 42 Ultravids
Weather: variable on multiple days, mostly clear
Light Conditions: variable
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Grayish blue overall (back, nape,cheeks, sides, and belly) with distinct black patch across face, forehead, and down throat. Bill pale gray. Bold distinct circular yellow patch on center of breast. Wings with black primaries, secondaries, and tertials(black secondaries and tertials edged in white) and yellow at the base of secondaries and coverts. White undetail coverts. Tail (underside) with white center with black outer edges, and black tip, upperside black with white edging. Legs gray and eye black.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: visiting a thistle seed (niger) feeder
Habitat: rural town
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Present with both American and Lesser Goldfinches of both sexes; separated by black throat and gray back.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Limited but I've seen them a few times(~12) previously in Arizona, California, and Utah. Extensive experience with other N.A. goldfinch species.
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address:
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: R.J. and Karen Hughes first observed the birds visiting their feeders.
Date prepared: 03-15-08
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: Found by homeowners (R.J. and Karen Hughes) visiting their feeders on 3298 Hamblin Drive, Santa Clara.