Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-18b

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: 5/26/2018
Time:  9am
Length of time observed:  5 sec
Number: 1
Location: Lava Point
County: Washington
Latilong: 37.38346, -113.02885
Elevation: 7900
Distance to bird: 50 to 100 meters
Optical equipment: Cannon D7 with 100-400 lens
Weather: partly cloudy , breezy
Light Conditions: normal daylight
Description:        Size of bird: large
(Description:)       Basic Shape: similar to turkey vulture
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  Overall black with white tail band
(Description:)            Bill Type: Hawk like light with dark tip
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I did not recognize it in the field as Karen was monitoring the northern edge of the plateau while I was photographing on the eastern edge. This bird was on the southern edge and was behind a tree most of the time and I was struggling to get the bird in focus because of the closeness of the tree. On reviewing photos later we felt that this was a zone-tailed hawk
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: silent
Behavior: flying without flapping
Habitat: ponderosa pine, scrub oak
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Had white zone on tail and black head distinguishing it from turkey vulture
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Identified zone tailed in Arizona by call
References consulted: sibleys
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Von Welch
Observer's address: 11045 North 5550 West
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 5/28/18
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: