Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-030

Common name:

Gilded Flicker

Scientific name: [Colaptes chrysoides]
Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 4:30pm
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: Male
Location: Murray, Utah 84123
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4200ft
Distance to bird: 5 foot
Optical equipment: Cell phone camera
Weather: Calm
Light Conditions: Late afternoon
Description:        Size of bird: 11"
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: appears like what is shown on the web
(Description:)            Bill Type: slight curve
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The bird was found deceased about 3 days prior by my daughter Carly Beardall. She asked me to take a look at the bird but I did not at the time. Three days later I went with her to look at the bird and found the mentioned bird in the same location as my daughter found it. The bird has likely be deceased for 3-5 days. It is still at the location, we did not move it.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: N/A
Habitat: N/A
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Norther Flicker; Yellow Flicker - Eliminated by photos on web.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Various on Web
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Carly & Lynn Beardall
Observer's address: 1116 Walden Park Drive, Murray, Utah 84123
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Carly Beardall
Date prepared: 10/26/2014
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: I do not see a method in this area for attaching the photo we took of the bird. I'm happy to provide it but I just can't see a way to do so. I see the mailing address but because the bird was found deceased I'm actually not sure this is the correct method to report this 'sighting' as it were.