Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-0

Common name:


Scientific name: Seiurus aurocapilla
Date: 9-27-2014
Time: 9:15am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Garr Ranch,Antelope Island
County: Davis
Elevation: 4215ft
Distance to bird: 3m
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x50 Binoculars
Weather: Overcast
Light Conditions: Poor, cloudy, rainy day, in deep shade of thick grove of trees
Description:        Size of bird: Small passerine-5in
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Small thrush like bird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Mostly olive brown, with stripes on crown
(Description:)            Bill Type: Short, thin
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
First noticed a small olive yellow-brown bird run on the ground into cover, then it came out and we got a great look at the white breast with black streaks, and the black and orange crown stripes. Also noted white eyering. This bird was missing its tail. Also if you look at the photos of this Ovenbird and compare them with the one reported the week before(see Norm Jensen's record), you will notice the head striping is different, meaning this is a different individual. 1 of 3 reported at this location the same month, but all separated by over a week between sightings.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Running around on the ground, scratching through the leaves.
Habitat: Thick grove of poplar near a spring, in an otherwise open landscape on the edge of the Great Salt Lake, known migrant trap
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Waterthrushes lack the orange crown stripe and eyering

Hermit and Swainson's Thrushes also lack the rufous and black crown stripes and are larger.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, saw one 8 days previous at the same location.
References consulted: 'Sibley guide to birds': D.A. Sibley 2014
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 688 East 700 South #105, SLC, UT 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Kendall Watkins
Date prepared: 9-29-2014
Additional material: Photos