Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-29

Common name:

Hepatic Tanager

Scientific name: Piranga flava
Date: 27 July 2010
Time: 3:30 PM
Length of time observed: Observed:15 Minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Lytle Ranch orchard. (eating a peach)
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 20 yards
Optical equipment: binoculars 10 by 50
Weather: sunny and hot
Light Conditions: full sun
Description:        Size of bird: a little smaller than a robin
(Description:)       Basic Shape: tanager
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: orange red with grayish back and wings
(Description:)            Bill Type: not like a grossbead or a finch, darker on the top.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Observed in the orchard eating a ripe peach. In the same tree were Western tanager, house finch, male and female, Ladderback woodpecker, male and female, Mockingbird.
Habitat: Orchard
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Western tanager, Summer tanager. Color—Summer tanager does not have the definitely grayish wings.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Big book Sibley’s and Westrn Sibleys, National Geographic Bird Book.
Description from:  
Observer: Flora Duncan
Observer's address: 449 West l50 North, Orem, Utah, 84057
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Richard Deen, Evie Deen, Rebecca Levanger, Esther Duncan
Date prepared: 27 July 2010
Additional material: Photo and note by Richard Deen  (7 Aug 2010)
Additional_Comments: Richard Deen ( an acquaintance of Merrill Webb) and Evie Deen from ll La Pesca, Mercedes Texas, 78570-9636 joined Esther, Bekky, and I during the visit. He had his camera with a lens 12 inches, 4 inches in diameter and took several pictures of the bird. This helped with the identification.