Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-36a

Common name:

Baltimore Oriole

Scientific name: [Icterus galbula]
Date: 8-23-2018
Time: 1330
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex:  male
Location: Jeremy Ranch Road 3.5 tens mile from Hwy 65
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x42 monarch binoculars
Weather: overcast and smokey
Light Conditions: ok
Description:        Size of bird: oriole
(Description:)       Basic Shape: oriole
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: orange, black and white
(Description:)            Bill Type:  oriole
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Saw a medium sized orange and black bird fly from creek area into dence brush near road edge. after searching bush from 20 feet away was able to locate bird eating Chokecherries in middle of bush. Bird was an oriole with all black head, mostly orange body, black and white wings, orange and black shoulder, and orange and black tail. bird matched the male Baltimore Oriole in my book with no sign of hybridism. Four pour photos that I have cropped and sent to webmaster.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: bird was quiet never made a noise
Behavior: eating chokecherries
Habitat: Dense brush and creek riparian area
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Bullock's Oriole, this bird had an all black head and orange shoulders, see pictures.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
seen in Oklahoma many times and other eastern states.
References consulted: Sibley's field guide to make sure not a hybrid
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Weston Smith
Observer's address: 1375N 6800E; Croydon, Utah 84018
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Mia McPherson first seen around 11am
Date prepared:  8-23-18
Additional material: Photos
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