Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Scientific name: Coccyzsus americanus
Date: 06/03/2012
Time: 12:10 pm
Length of time observed: 45 seconds
Number: 1
Location: Springdale River Park
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 18 yards
Optical equipment: Cabela's Pine Ridge 12x50 binoculars
Weather: Sunny/clear
Light Conditions: Excellent
Description:        Size of bird: Approx 12".
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Dominated by long tail. Slender overall.
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown backside and head, white underneath
(Description:)            Bill Type: As long as head, yellow, slightly down-curved.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
It flew over head giving us great views of the tail from below. The tail had the mostly white on black, breast was white with no streaking or other markings. Head and back were brown with no black eye stripe. Bill was yellow.
Song or call & method of delivery: No call.
Behavior: As we were crossing the foot bridge it flew over our heads and then landed in a tree approx 18 yards from us. It stayed there in clear view for almost 30 seconds.
Habitat: Riparian
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Did not have the eye stripe of the Mangrove. Had the mostly white underneath of tail and yellow bill, unlike the Black-billed.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I am from Southern Illinois and have seen many Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
References consulted: None. I am very familiar with this species.
Description from:  
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
  Taylor Abbott
Date prepared: 09/15/2012
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: Craig Fosdick told me to report this sighting to this site. I had forgotten to do so until I stumbled upon the sight. This is why the delay between report and sighting.