Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-42

Common name:


Scientific name: Seiurus aurocapilla
Date: May 28, 2001
Time: Morning
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unsure
Location: Negro Bill trail, Moab
County: Grand County
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: 8x42 Leica binoculars
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Warbler-sized
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: heavily spotted with distinctive orange head stripe
(Description:)            Bill Type: sharp, warbler-like
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The bird was seen and heard along a stream about 1/4 mile up the Negro Bill trail, a shady desert canyon whose trailhead is on highway 128, 3.2 miles north of highway 191. I heard the distinctive call several times in a leafy glade until I finally saw the bird. Its heavily spotted breast and orange head stripe were clearly seen. It was clearly not a thrush, given the very black color of its breast spots, its call, its orange head stripe, its smaller size, and its warbler behavior. It walked and hopped along low branches in the Ovenbird style that I've observed back east several times. It's unique call, too, is nothing like that of a thrush.
Song or call & method of delivery: Classic Ovenbird call given several times. "Teacher, teacher, teacher..."
Behavior: Hopping about along low branches in a leafy glade
Habitat: leafy glade in a small canyon trail known as Negro Bill trail.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Hermit and Swainson's Thrushes were eliminated because the bird had very black breast spots, its distinctive Ovenbird call, its orange head stripe, its smaller size, and its warbler behavior.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen several times along the US eastern coast and a few times in Colorado along the Front Range.
References consulted: Peterson bird vocalization CDs.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Richard Trinkner
Observer's address: 1540 Hawthorne Ave
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: November 28, 2015
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: This is an historical sighting. I was prompted by the eBird staff to submit this sighting to the rare bird report.