Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-29b

Common name:

Hepatic Tanager

Scientific name: Piranga flava
Date: July 27, 2010
Time: 3:40
Length of time observed: 5 - 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Latilong: 20 yds
Distance to bird:  
Optical equipment: binoculars 10 X 42
Weather: hot, and sunny
Light Conditions: full sun afternoon light - not backlit
Description:        Size of bird: little smaller than a robin
(Description:)       Basic Shape: mocking bird shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: red / orange
(Description:)            Bill Type: regular - like a robin
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Red orange bird a little smaller than a robin. Regular shaped bill. The most distinguishing feature for me was the red and gray contrast. The back, wing and flank of the bird were gray in color
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: perched in tree, eating a peach
Habitat: Mohave desert - by Beaver Dam wash - in a fruit orchard
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
4 large red birds - cardinal, scarlet tanager, summer tanager, and hepatic tanager. Not a cardinal - no crest, wrong bill shape. Not a scarlet tanager- no black wings. Not a summer tanager - wings weren't red enough,no crest. I carry a Sibley's (North America). I opened the book to the tanager page 462-463. Four tanagers on the same page - matched the Hepatic tanager with the gray on the back,wing, and flank.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Saw a scarlet tanager at Crex Meadows in Wisconsin. Saw a summer tanager in the Grand Canyon (Havasupi).
References consulted: The Sibley Guide to Birds - 2000
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Esther Duncan
Observer's address: 270 N 455 E Delta, Utah 84624
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Richard and Edie Deen, Flora Duncan, Becky Levanger
Date prepared: July 28, 2010
Additional material: Trying to gat a copy of photo from Richard Deen
Additional_Comments: Exciting to see this bird.