Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Eastern Meadowlark

Scientific name: Sturnella magna
Date: tuesday the 14th of may 2012
Time: Aproxemetly 9:00-10:00
Length of time observed: 5-7 muinits
Number: 1
Age: 1-2nd year [juvejile]
Sex: male
Location: saratoga springs mitigation wetlands
County: U.S.A  [Utah]
Distance to bird: 50-75 feet
Optical equipment: cannon eos reble ti with 300mm lense atached
Weather: warm and sunny
Light Conditions: Bright
Description:        Size of bird: 4-6 in long
(Description:)       Basic Shape: long and sligtly rounded
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: yellow, brown, and black
(Description:)            Bill Type: sharp
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Blatant black mark on the bright yellow chest but to small a mark for the western meadowlark looks more like a eastern meadow lark
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Quiet talkative but the only one I saw that day most other birds I aw multiple times flew off before i could wach long
Habitat: Wetlands
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Elimination: the western meadow lark:
It has the same markings but has a smaller black mark than the western. it had a small black mark
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: National Geographic society birds of north america
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Jonathan Goertzen
Observer's address: 7537 snowy owl rd eaglemountain utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: Thursday the 17 of may 2012
Additional material: Photos