Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-07

Common name:

Brown Thrasher

Scientific name: Toxostoma rufum
Date: December 22, 2014
Time: 0820
Length of time observed: 2 min
Number: 1
Location: Brooks Park, St. George
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 850 m
Distance to bird: 5 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: bright sunlight
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The Sommerfelds located a Brown Thrasher in the thick baccharis at Brooks Nature Park in St. George on 12-21-14. I relocated it in the same area the following day. The thrasher was very quiet, eventually giving a thick chuck call.

Rufous brown head, nape, back, uppertail coverts, and tail. Rufous wings with two distinct wing bars. Creamy white throat, breast, and undersides with dark brown/ blackish irregular streaks, larger on sides and flanks. Unmarked white undertail coverts. Pale pinkish legs. Yellow eye. Dark slightly curved bill with pale base to lower mandible.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: thick 'chuck' call
Behavior: Very skulky
Habitat: thick rabbitbrush and atriplex adjacent to pond.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
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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
Subsequently observed by many individuals through at least 1/25/15
Date prepared: 01-25-2015
Additional material: Photos