Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-033

Common name:

Gilded Flicker

Scientific name: Colaptes chrysoides
Date: Oct 9 2014
Time: 6 pm
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Sex: Male
Location: In park behind Best western in Springdale near Zion Park
County:  ?? [Washington]
Latilong:  ??
Elevation:  ??
Distance to bird: I stayed maybe 50 feet from tree to get view. tree was maybe 40-50 feet tall
Optical equipment: Nikon 7 binocular and Cannon SX50 camera
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: At dusk - so light was not good
Description:        Size of bird: 8 inches or so
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Flicker type
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: similar to northern flicker
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
had red mustache of a male.
Gray face/ brownish yellow cap.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: stationary
Habitat: On top of tree
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
northern flicker - eliminated from examination of the photos
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
never seen before
References consulted: Sibley guide to western birds, All about Birds
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Henry Buser
Observer's address: 180 Kressman Rd Easton PA 18042
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  none that I know of.
Date prepared: Dec 8, 2014
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: I sent photos to Colby Neuman when he asked for documentation and he suggested to send to records committee