Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O2005-02

Common name:

Vermilion Flycatcher

Scientific name: Pyrocephalus rubinus
Date: 6/8--6/9/2005
Time: throughout both days
Length of time observed: several hours
Number: 1
Age: adult breeding plumage
Sex:  male
Location: Loa Utah
County: Wayne County
Distance to bird: less than 30 feet
Optical equipment: Cannon GL2 video camera, Panasonic FZ20 Swaro's 15x56 binos
Weather:  cloudy, partly cloudy, mostly sunny, windy..
Light Conditions: I observed the bird througout the day morning till evening on two different days
Detailed description of bird: Size_of_Bird: the size of a vermilian fly catcher
Basic_Shape: the basic shape of a vermilian fly catcher
Overall_Pattern: red and black
Bill_Type: like a fly catcher bill

how thorough can you be describing a vermillian flycatcher. It was all red except a black band from its eye to its back which was black.  (see photos)

Song or call & method of delivery: yes--it delivered it..through its beak I suspect at least it was open when it deleivered it..
Behavior: call and song, sitting on fence post, tree, wire, displaying flying
Habitat: edge of a plowed field next to several large cottonwood trees
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Previous experience with this & similar species:  I've seen several along the lower virgin, beaver dam and lytle ranch in SW Utah NW AZ and SE NV
References consulted: none
Description from:  
Observer: Todd Black
Observer's address: 682 East 440 South
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Dwayne Elmore, Leslie Elmore, Dave Dahlgren and others
Date prepared: 6/13/2005
Additional material: Photos, video
Additional comments: