Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2016-13
|Scientific name:||Piranga olivacea|
|Length of time observed:||5 minutes|
|Location:||Utah Lake Parkway Trail (North Shore)|
|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
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.
|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.|
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.
this & similar species:
|Seen many while living in the midwest for 5 years.|
|Description from:||From memory|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||None|