Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-29c

Common name:

Hepatic Tanager

Scientific name: Piranga flava
Date: 7-27-10
Time: 3:40 PM
Length of time observed: 7 to 10 minutes
Number: one
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Lytle Ranch, peach tree in the orchard, South Western Utah
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 20 yards
Optical equipment: Nikon 8X42 binoculars
Weather: Clear, sunny
Light Conditions: bright
Description:        Size of bird: 8" just smaller than the robin in the same tree
(Description:)       Basic Shape: similar to the Western Tanager in the same tree
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
size similar to the Western Tanager in the same tree, the bright reddish orange color.
Song or call & method of delivery: Didn't hear
Behavior: Eating peaches. The peaches were large, and hanging below the foliage. All birds in the same tree were very visable. Other birds feasting on the peaches included a pair of Ladderback Woodpeckers, a pair of Western Tanagers, a Robin, House finches
Habitat: Orchard, peach tree in a desert setting. An oasis.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Looked in Sibley Guide to Western North America 2003 edition, observed the Western Tanager in the same tree. The bird stayed stationery long enough that the book could be consulted, the detailed description read and the bird looked at numerous time
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have Western Tanagers in my Orderville vineyard. Have removed the Western Tanagers from the nets and held them in my hand, looked in the book to identify before releasing. First time for Hepatic Tanager.
References consulted: Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. Also The Sibley Guide to Birds 2000 edition
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Rbecca D Levanger
Observer's address: P. O. Box 63 Orderville, Utah 84758
Observer's e-mail address: grapeville@@hotmail .com
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Flora M Duncan, Esther Duncan, Richard L Deen,
Date prepared: 7-28-10
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