Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-87

Common name:

Baltimore Oriole

Scientific name: Icterus galbula
Date: 09/28/2013
Length of time observed: 2-3 min
Number: 1
Sex: female
Location: Washington Fields
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: 20 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: afternoon sun
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
While driving along the dirt road at the southeast corner of the Washington Fields I noticed a small group of Sage Thrashers perched in and near a large Atriplex bush. While watching the thrashers a large oriole flew into the bush and eventually perched on top before flying to the nearby fenceline. I managed a few long distance photos before it flew off across the alfalfa field.

Large oriole, relatively uniform orange/yellow from head to tail with dark wings with prominent white wingbars and tertial edgings. Head; orange/yellow on throat, crown, and nape, darker dusky on auriculars; long sharp dark bill; black eye. Undersides uniformly orange/yellow across throat, chest, belly, sides, vent, undertail coverts, and tail, a few areas of dusky brown. Uppersides orange nape of neck, brownish back, orange rump, and orange yellow tail. Legs dark.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Habitat: creosote flat / agriculture fields interface
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Distinguished from Bullocks Oriole by uniform orange yellow across undersides and head, and on rump,
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: 12-05-2013
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: description above copied from field notes