Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-04

Common name:

Brown Thrasher

Scientific name: Toxostoma rufum
Date: 03-30-2014
Time: ~ 1500
Length of time observed: 5 min
Number: 1
Location: St. George
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 850 m
Distance to bird: 15 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: afternoon sunlight
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Medium sized thrasher with with long tail and relatively short bill. Uppersides rich rufous brown from crown to tail. Undersides creamy white with bold dark brown streaks on breast, belly, sides and flanks. Creamy white undertail coverts. Rufous brown wings with two distinct white wingbars. Yellow eye with black pupil. Black bill, with slightly curved culman, and pale at base of the lower mandible.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: skulking in dense shrubs
Habitat: urban / park
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld
Date prepared: 01-25-2015
Additional material: Photos