Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O_2017-01


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Common name:


Scientific name: Phainopepla nitens
Date: 10/14/2017
Time: early afternoon
Length of time observed: 1-3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Cottonwood Heights
County: Salt Lake
Latilong: 40.608102,-111.8178787
Elevation: 4890 ft
Distance to bird: 6 ft
Optical equipment:  
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: Medium
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Slender with top notch
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Shiny Black
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Skittish
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: and other sites
Description from: From memory
Observer: Wayne Donaldson
Observer's address: 7869 S Nantucket Dr, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Marilynne Donaldson, Angela Donaldson Montague
Date prepared: 10/17/2017
Additional material: No_additional_Materials
Additional comments: Noticed a Flicker trying to feed from bird feeder, was joined by a Scrub Jay - while watching them Phainopepla landed on nearby hot tub briefly then flew into nearby tree - repeated 3 or 4 times