Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Scientific name: Carduelis lawrencei
Date: October 7, 2012
Time: ~ 9:00a and ~ 3:30p
Length of time observed: 5 min
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: male
Location: Tonaquint Park, St. George
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: < 10 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binocluars
Weather: cloudy in the morning and becoming broken clouds in the afternoon
Light Conditions: overcast and partly sunny
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
First sighted what I thought was a female Lawrence s Goldfinch at the Tonaquint Nature Center passing through the pines with a few Lesser Goldfinches. Later in the day, refound a male on the lawn near the tennis courts feeding on dandelions. I had a brief look at the first sighting, so I m not sure if two individuals were present.

Gray overall with yellow wings, bright yellow patch on breast, and yellow rump. Black face, from front of crown down onto chin. Black and white tail. Black eye, black legs, and small triangular pinkish bill.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: feeding on dandelions
Habitat: park along the SC River
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 12-26-12
Additional material: Photo