Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-36

Common name:

Baltimore Oriole

Scientific name: Icterus galbula
Date: August 23, 2108
Time: 10:23 am
Length of time observed: 17 minutes (seemed longer)
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Near Little Dutch Hollow on Jeremy Ranch Road
County: Morgan County
Latilong: 40.854182, -111.589323
Elevation: Approximately 6,283 feet
Distance to bird: 35 to 40 feet
Optical equipment: Nikon D500, 500mm VR with 1.4x TC
Weather: Mostly clear
Light Conditions: Smoky
Description:        Size of bird: 6.5 to 7.5 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Slender with thick neck, long legs
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Primarily orange, black head, back wings with white bars on the wings
(Description:)            Bill Type: pointy and long
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
The oriole had a solid black head, neck and black back, black eyes with a long, pointed bill, it had black wings with white bars, dark on the upper side of the tail with orange underneath, rump and the body of the bird was flame orange.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None, it did not call.
Behavior: It was gorging on ripe serviceberries most of the time and the rest it was tucked into the serviceberry.
Habitat: Oak, fruiting trees like chokecherry and serviceberry, some small aspens, on a hillside
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Looked through my iBird Pro app
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I had Baltimore Orioles in my yard in Virginia during migration.
References consulted: iBird Pro app to check out similar species since I haven't seen this species in a long time.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mia McPherson
Observer's address: 896 Riverbend Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: August 23, 2108
Additional material: Photos
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