Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-29

Common name:

Thick-billed Kingbird

Scientific name: Tyrannus crassirostris
Date: October 20, 2009
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Number: 1
Age: juvenile
Location: Upper Calf Canyon
County: Emery
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Location   Upper Calf Canyon, accessed from the Buckhorn Wash Road above the San Rafael Bridge, approximately 20 miles north of I-70, west of Green River, Utah. In the San Rafael Swell area. We found the bird two miles upstream from the mouth of Calf Canyon where the canyon opens into a broad dry meadow just before it branches into Cow Canyon.
Description   Dark grey crown and back, snow white throat and upper breast grading without any grey into a bright yellow belly, prominent dark bill, and brown tail with cinnamon edging. The bird perched on exposed limbs and was fly catching in typical fashion.

Claus and Connie also sent many photos (taken by Connie)
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Observer: Claus and Connie Engelhardt
Observer's address: Bishop, CA
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Date prepared: 12-17-09 (by Rick Fridell - see comments below)
Additional material: Photos by Connie Engelhardt
Additional_Comments: Record submitted by Rick Fridell from information (and photos)received from Claus and Connie Engelhardt as a report for North American Birds