Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-18

Common name:

Painted Redstart

Scientific name: Myioborus pictus
Date: 05-03-08
Time: 1715
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Johnson Canyon, Snow Canyon State Park
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: 10 m
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: sunny
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Very distinct warbler. Primarily black body, head, and wings with bright red belly, large white wing patches, small but distinct white crescent under eye, white undertail coverts, and conspicuous white outer tail feathers.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Song delivered from tops of shrubs and trees, three two-noted parts followed by single note: weezah weezah weezah weeh
Behavior: Singing and actively foraging in hackberries and oaks below Johnson Canyon spring. Often fanning tail and flitting wings while foraging. Occasionally hover-gleaning, but most often gleaning while creeping along branches.
Habitat: Shaded spring-fed sandstone canyon, Gambel's oak, scrub oak, desert hackberry, box-elder, and a few cottonwoods/ willows
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Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: 35050 West 290 North
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Redstart was found by Alex Foster of Washington State earlier that morning on a SCSP guided hike.
Date prepared: 08-25-08
Additional material: Photos
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