Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2019-02

Common name:

McCown's Longspur

Scientific name: Rhynchophanes mccownii
Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 9:30 am
Length of time observed: 2.5 hours
Number: 1
Location: SR 68 Mosida Trek Road Area, Utah County, Utah, US
County: Utah
Distance to bird: 8 ft
Optical equipment: Vortex Viper 15x50 HD Binos and Canon Powershot SX60
Weather: sunny
Light Conditions: light
Description:        Size of bird: sparrow size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: passerine
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type: stout orange/pink
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Much grayer and more muted with a smudgy black necklace. When it jumps up it has black inverted T in the tail, very noticeable. Also seen with Dennis, Carolyn and Teresa. I also took my mom back at 3:30 pm and we were able to locate it again by the big white inverted T on the tail, distinctly more white on the tail.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: sat lower to the ground than the horned larks.
Habitat: stubby grain fields, side of the road
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Not a horned lark and much paler than the Lapland Longspurs. Also lacked the black on the darker face pattern that the Lapland has.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I saw my first one last January in almost the same location with Bryan Shirley
References consulted: Sibley's, Internet
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Suzi Holt
Observer's address: 551 Saddlebrook Dirve Payson Utah 84651
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Kaylene Hamilton, Kathleen, Dennis and Carolyn Shirley, Teresa Pearson and Carol Harris
Date prepared: February 19 2019
Additional material:


Additional comments: This bird was also seen by Terry Ried and we will submit his photo cause it is better than mine.