Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2014-019
|Scientific name:||Caprimulgus vociferus|
|Length of time observed:||2 minutes|
|Location:||Near Tropic Reservoir, just outside Bryce Canyon NP|
|Distance to bird:||Between 5 meters and 100 meters|
|Description: Size of bird:||n/a|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||n/a|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||n/a|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||n/a|
Field Marks and
|We did not actually see this bird. It was singing very close to our camp. I got excited, jumped up, and believe I flushed the bird. It sang in the distance for a few minutes. When I used playback to try and bring the bird closer, it actually had the opposite effect. The bird got farther away until we could not hear it anymore.|
|Song or call & method of delivery:||Diagnostic song of Mexican Whip-poor-will. Compared in field with iBird Plus|
|Behavior:||Singing just after sunset|
were they eliminated:
Eastern Whip-poor-will: Song was more reobust.
Common Poorwill: Rather than the two-whistled note of the common poorwill, this bird was doing the diagnostic "whip-poor-will."
Mockingbird or other mimic: None were present before sunset. The single repetitive song was unlike the mixture of songs you would hear with a Mockingbird or other mimic.
this & similar species:
|None w/ Whip-poor-will. Numerous encounters with Common Poorwill throughout the state.|
|References consulted:||iBird Plus (iPhnoe app) and The Sibley Guide to Birds|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||Brittany Badger|
|Additional_Comments:||This was undoubtedly the distinct call of a Whip-poor-will. I immediately recognized the song, and 100% confident in my ID.|