Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-02

Common name:

Gilded Flicker

Scientific name: Colaptes chrysoides
Date: 01/14/2010
Time: 10:30 am
Length of time observed: 15 minutes and 2 minutes again
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Mathis Park
County: Washington
Latilong: 37 deg 6' 18.01'' N
Elevation: 113 deg 37' 19394 '' W
Distance to bird: 200 feet first time, 20 feet second time
Optical equipment: Bushnell binoculars zoom variety 9X to 27 X 50 Zoom
Weather: Cloudy and cool
Light Conditions: light, not too bright
Description:        Size of bird: 12 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: long, large head, longish bill
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: White breast with dark spots, yellow underwings
(Description:)            Bill Type: long bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Whitish with dark spots on its breast with a large dark spot in the center that was elongated side to side. Dark grey head with brown nape and crown. Barred back and wings with a brown background. Bright yellow underwings. Bright white rump.
Song or call & method of delivery: No call heard
Behavior: Perched in a tree with its feathers fluffed up. Sedentary for 10 minutes until it flew off its perch into the vegetation of the river. When I saw it the second time it was flying left to right and slighly away from. It perched on a small tree, relatively close to me. It stayed here for about 3 minutes and was gone,
Habitat: River bottom with Tamarisk, reeds, cattails, running water, and some taller trees (cottonwood I believe) on the far bank. Near side had some scrub oak.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Northern Flicker (red shafted). It did not have red under-wings. Very easy.
Norther Flicker (yellow shafter) It had no red on its nape, and its crown was brown not black, and its face was black not brown.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
None with the Gilded or the yellow-shafted. The red-shafted I have seen probably on 20 different occasaions, and a total of 50 birds.
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Nathan Fisher
Observer's address: 10 N 60 E La Verkin, UT 84745
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 01/15/2010
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: No doubt in my mind