Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O_2003-05

Common name:

Brown Thrasher

Scientific name: Toxostoma rufum
Date: June 17, 2004
Time: 8:30 am
Length of time observed: 2-3 minutes
Number: one
Age: adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Dove Creek Pass
County: Box Elder
Latilong:  #1 - Lucin
Elevation: unknown
Distance to bird: 15 miles west of Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah
Optical equipment: Leitz Binoculars and Kowa Scope
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Excellent
Detailed description of bird: Bright rusty back. Thrasher bill. White iris. Bill, eye, and breast streaking eliminated Wood Thrush. Bright rusty color and bold breast streaking eliminated Sage Thrasher. Size and other characteristics eliminated all other possibilities. Jack Rensel and I are both familiar with this bird from the east.
Song or call & method of delivery: Singing from top of skunk bush. Song was a "mimic" with each part repeated twice.
Behavior: Perched on top of skunk bush.
Habitat: Mountain brush with skunk bush, bitterbrush, and an occasional juniper tree.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
See detailed description
Previous experience with this & similar species: See detailed description
References consulted:  
Description from: From memory
Observer: Keith Evans and Jack Rensel
Observer's address: 4826 Kiwana Dr., Ogden UT 84403
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Jack Rensel
Date prepared: August 10, 2004    (General Public)
Additional material:  
Additional comments: Observed and recorded on stop #33 of the Lynn BBS (85024)