Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-01b

Common name:

Rusty Blackbird

Scientific name: Euphagus carolinus
Date: 1-12-09
Time: 2.35 PM
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: unknow
Sex: male
Location: Fish Springs
Distance to bird: 5 feet and 20 feet
Optical equipment: binoculars, scope, camera
Weather: good 40 degree
Light Conditions: nice sunney
Description:        Size of bird: around 9 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: like blackbird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown and black
(Description:)            Bill Type: light black
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
We could see the brown crown of the head and down the back. The line of light white above eye. The yellow eye. The black feet.

This was the same bird that was seen on 1-4-09 on the christmas bird count by Jay and Robert.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: walking and eating on the ice near the reeds.
Habitat: ice in the canal, Reeds and grass.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
took the pictures and look at our bird book
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: National Geographic bird book
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Pat Jividen
Observer's address: 6748 Hollowdale Dr. SLC, Utah 84121
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Angie Branch, Jan Browning, Jay Banta, and Robert Smins
Date prepared: 1-12-09
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: