Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-13

Common name:

Scarlet Tanager

Scientific name: Piranga olivacea
Date: 05/17/2016
Time: 1:45pm
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Female
Location: Utah Lake Parkway Trail (North Shore)
County: Utah
Latilong: 40.3622447,-111.8832118
Elevation: 4,300'
Distance to bird: 125'
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars, and 600mm lens
Weather: Warm, breezy, and clear skies
Light Conditions: Sunny mid-day light
Description:        Size of bird: large songbird
(Description:)       Basic Shape: tanager/bunting
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: yellow, gray and black
(Description:)            Bill Type: medium and thick
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Female type. Working its way through the tree tops. No visible wing bars--wings grayish-black with some slight yellow and white edging on the primaries, against an all yellow and olive body. The back was noticeably yellow-olive and not gray.

Bill orangish and gray.

Obvious eyering, brighter than body.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: feeding in tree tops
Habitat: migrant trap on north shore of Utah lake. Many tall deciduous trees with an under-story of Russian olive, pastures, and marsh.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Western Tanager: No wing bars, and a colorful back

Summer Tanager: dark wings and lacking a the more colorful tones in the wings.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen many while living in the midwest for 5 years.
References consulted: None
Description from: From memory
Observer: Tim Avery
Observer's address: N/A
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 05/18/2016
Additional material: Photos
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