Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-66

Common name:

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Scientific name: Leucosticte australis
Date: 11/28/2017
Time: 13:26
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 30
Location: Latigo Wind Farm along CR 196, Monticello.
County: San Juan
Latilong: 37.8923845, -109.3999783
Elevation: 7,900
Distance to bird: 5 meters
Optical equipment: Nikon Monarch 7 10x42, Canon 7D MII + Canon 400mm f5.6
Weather: Windy
Light Conditions: Photos backlit
Description:        Size of bird: House Finch size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Finch shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Grayish brown
(Description:)            Bill Type: Conical.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Grayish brown overall. Yellow bill. Dark cap with lighter crown and very little contrast between dark and light. Rosy based primaries and rosy flanks.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Calling
Behavior: Eating russian thistle (Salsosa sp) seeds and grit from ground.
Habitat: Plowed ground
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Lighter in color than Black Rosy-Finch. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch eliminated by low contrast head pattern. Gray-crowned shows obvious contrasting gray crown against brown head.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I watched a flock of all three Rosy-Finches last winter at this same location off and on for two months. I'm very familiar with this species in winter.
References consulted: Sibley's Guide to Birds.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Will Britton
Observer's address: Monticello, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 11/28/2017
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: I have also observed these birds today (11/29/17) at this same general location.