Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-42

Common name:

Eastern Towhee

Scientific name: [Papilo erythrophtalmus]
Date: June 17 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Length of time observed: 2 minutes up and back
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Kolob canyon, timber Creek overlook trail, Zion national Park
County: MA [Washington]
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: None
Weather: Clear hot
Light Conditions: Full sun
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird had a black head and white chest, it was nestled in a branch so we could not observe it's flank. It was singing and clearly visible. It sang the "your tea" part of the "drink your tea" call.
Song or call & method of delivery: "your tea" part of "drink your tea"
Behavior: Singing on a branch immobile
Habitat: Over 5000 feet, scrubby canyon
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Definitely a towhee by the call. I looked up all the other towhees and none sound like this
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
They are very common where I live. I thought this might be western variant which is why I looked it up
References consulted: Cornell lab of ornithology bird call library
Description from:  
Observer: Robin Ganesan and David Lintz
Observer's address: 457 Shrewsbury Street, Holden MA 01520
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: It's probably still there if anyone wants to go look. It was hanging around the area the whole time we were on the trail up and back
Date prepared: June 17 2017
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