Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-27

Common name:


Scientific name: Seiurus aurocapilla
Date: 4 May 2012
Time: 2:30 PM
Length of time observed: ~1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Logan (just west of USU campus where 700E turns to become 700N
County: Cache
Distance to bird: ~20 feet
Optical equipment: None
Weather: Sunny
Light Conditions: Direct sun
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird not seen.
Song or call & method of delivery: Singing. Giving the emphatic "Teacher, Teacher, Teacher" song that this species is well known for, getting louder toward the end. Unfortunately, no visual confirmation or audio recordings, as I was in a rush to another engagement. I've struggled with this one for a while but I just can't convince myself it could have been anything else.
Habitat: Wooded/shrubby patch of vacant land in a matrix of houses.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Distinctive song. Common Yellowthroat can be similar, but is very unlikely to be singing so far from water, usually has three- to five-syllable phrases in its song, and does not get noticeably louder through the song. Tufted Titmouse can be similar, but is lower-pitched and more robust and resonating, and also doesn't usually get louder through the song.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I am familiar with this song from my time as an undergraduate student in New Hampshire and subsequent visits to the eastern part of the country.
References consulted: None.
Description from: Memory
Observer: Ryan O'Donnell
Observer's address: 1098 Crescent Dr
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 28 Feb 2013
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