Special Sight Records
(Out of Range or Season, Subspecies, or Otherwise Unusual Sightings)
Utah Records Committee

(Records of species that are NOT on the "Review List" but that are
observed out of their normal range or season, or are otherwise significant).


Species Record Information Photos

Mandarin Duck
    
O-2015-01

Spring 2015 - Little Cottonwood Creek, Murray, Salt Lake Co. by Richard B. Young

Note: "I believe my discovery and photo-documentation of this Mandarin family might be the first graphic evidence of Mandarins breeding in the wild in the Salt Lake valley."  

Swallows (Mutation?)
    
O-2014-01

June 2014 - Jordan River, Riverton,  by Karen Robbins

Note: From 10 to 20 yellow-breasted swallows (ranging from pale to "lemon yellow" breasts), shaped like Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

Mexican Duck, or
           Mallard Hybrid
    
O-2013-02

1 or 2 Nov 2013 - Steinaker Reservoir, Uintah Co. by Jason Woolley

Note: Mexican Duck is currently considered a subspecies of Mallard .  It, or even a hybrid, is rarely seen in Utah.

Black-throated
            Gray Warbler
    
O-2013-01

5 May 2013 - Garr Ranch, Antelope Island by Earl Nelson

Note: On the Antelope Island checklist the Black-thraated Gray Warbler is listed as having been seen only once.

Northern Bobwhite
    
O-2012-09

18 Nov 2012 - Emigration Oaks, Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake Co. by Tom Bonk   | Other Sightings |

Note: Because the introduced Northern Bobwhite population in Utah has not been able to survive the hard winters of Utah, it is not deemed to be an established species for the state and is not included on the state checklist of wild birds.

Gray Partridge
    
O-2012-08

13 Nov 2012 - Emigration Canon, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County. by Jane Wallace

Note: This species is found mainly in the very northern part of Utah.  This is the first documented sighting for Salt Lake County.

Hybrid Sapsucker
    
O-2012-07

1 Oct 2012 - Neil Armstrong Rd., International Center, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County. by Stephanie Greenwood

Note: This is a hybrid between a rare Red-breasted Sapsucker and the fairly common Red-naped Sapsucker.

Black Swift
    
O-2012-06

30 Jul 2012 - Little Deer Creek Falls, Uinta Mountains, Duchesne County. by Bryant Olsen 

Note: Because Black Swifts nest behind waterfalls and are extremely hard to find and identify, any sighting from a new location is very significant.

Northern Bobwhite
    
O-2012-05

20 Jun 2012 - Emigration Oaks, Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake Co. by Rob Blackhurst   | Other Sightings |

Note: Because the introduced Northern Bobwhite population in Utah has not been able to survive the hard winters of Utah, it is not deemed to be an established species for the state and is not included on the state checklist of wild birds.

Hooded Oriole
    
O-2012-04

7 Jun 2012 - Woodland Hills, Utah Co. by Scott Abbott & Lyn Bennett

Note: Far north of its usual southern Utah range.

Eastern/Mexican
Whip-poor-will
  
2011-68

1 Oct 2011 - Green River mile 90, Grand Co, by Brian Healy

Note: A sighting of a Caprimulgus speices -- either a Mexican or an Eastern Whip-poor-will.

Western Tanager
    
O-2012-03

3 Mar 2012 - Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake Co. by Phil Helsley

Note: A very early out-of-season sighting of a Western Tanager.

Red Fox Sparrow
    
O-2012-01

17 Dec 2011 - Logan Golf Course, Logan, Cache Co. by Ryan O'Donnell

Note: This represents only the second known report of this subspecies group for Utah.

Mexican Mallard
    
O-2012-02

5 Feb 2012 - First Dam, Logan, Cache Co. by Ryan O'Donnell

Note: This represents only the second known report of this subspecies group for Utah.
Black Swan
    
2011-10
21 Feb 2011 - Utah Lake State Park, Utah Col., by Jordan Englund
Note: The Records Committee has concluded that the Black Swan is not a naturally-occurring species in Utah.
Scott's Oriole
    
O-2011-03
31 May 2011 - Morgan, Morgan Co., by Lenore & Albert Gabbard
Note: This is the first documentation for this species in Morgan County.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    
O-2011-02
17 May 2011 - Huntington City, Emery Co., by Andy, Sharon & Matthew Pollaehne  [The photo has been lost].
Note: This is the first record for Emery County.
Vega or Siberian Gull
    
O-2011-01
18 Feb 2011 - Farmington Bay, Davis Co., by Steven Mlodinow
Note: The is a subspecies of the Herring Gull that is a regular visitor to Alaska, but is most likely very rare in Utah.
Black Phoebe
    
O-2009-03
7 Jun 2008 - Near Moab, Grand Co., by Ryan O'Donnell
Note: This may be the first record of successful breeding by this species in the SE part of Utah.  This is an extralimital breeding record for the species in its inland range.  Breeding records for this species are typically much further south or west.
Northern Bobwhite
    
O-2009-02
30 May 2009 - Sugarhouse, SLC, Salt Lake Co., by E Pabdau
Note: Because the introduced Northern Bobwhite population in Utah has not been able to survive the hard winters of Utah, it is not deemed to be an established species for the state and is not included on the state checklist of wild birds.   | Other Sightings |
Summer Tanager
    
O-2009-01
22 May 2009 - Fish Springs, Juab Co., by Jay Banta
Note: Summer Tanagers are seen in southern Utah on a fairly regular basis, but are very rare in the northern part of the state.
Northern Bobwhite
    
O-2008-02
October 2008 - Riverton, Salt Lake Co., by J. DeMille   | Other Sightings |
Note: Because the introduced Northern Bobwhite population in Utah has not been able to survive the hard winters of Utah, it is not deemed to be an established species for the state and is not included on the state checklist of wild birds.
Mew Gull
    
O-2008-01
9 Feb 2008 - Logan Fish Hatchery, Cache Co., by Ryan O'Donnell
Note: Out of normal range
Spotted Dove
    
O-2007-04
20 Jun 2007 - West Valley City, Salt Lake Co., by John E. Houser No
Photo
Note: Out of normal range
Black-chinned Sparrow
    
O-2007-03
14 Apr 2007 - Canyonlands NP, San Juan Co., by Brian Gatlin
Note: Out of normal range in Utah
Western Kingbird
    
O-2007-02
31 Jan 2007 - Between Rockville & Virgin, Washington Co, by David Allinson
Note: This sighting is out-of-season for this species, which is a common summer bird.
Anna's Hummingbird
    
O-2007-01
10 Nov - 17 Dec 2006 - South Ogden, Weber Co., by Kristin Purdy
Note: This species may be expanding its range eastward. (It's normal range is along the Pacific coast of North America).
Grace's Warbler
    
O-2006-02
29 Jun 2006 - Price Canyon Rec. Area, Carbon Co., by Eric Huish and others
Note: This sighting is far north of its normal range .
Red-shouldered Hawk
    
2006-15
2 Apr 2006 - Red Hills GC, St. George, Washington Co., by Edson Leite
Note: Although not on the review species list, this record for a Red-shouldered Hawk underwent a first round review (5 acc, 2 not), but was not sent to a second round, but listed here as a special sighting .
Cordilleran Flycatcher
    
O-2006-01
15 Jan 2006 - Red Hills GC, St. George, Washington Co., by Merrill Webb
Note: The time of year is unusual for this species in Utah.  (The record was for a Western Flycatcher which has been split into Cordilleran which is found mainly in the interior Rocky Mountain area in the summer months and the Pacific-slope Flycatcher found mainly on the west coast of the US, Canada and Mexico.
Brown Thrasher
    
O-2005-05
20 Nov 2005 - Bluff, San Juan Co., by Jim Hook
Note: First in San Juan County since 1974.
Hooded Oriole
    
O-2005-04
16 May 2005 - Roosevelt, Duchesne Co., by Linda Lundstrom
Note: Far north of its normal range.
Sabine's Gull
    
O-2005-03
8,9 Jun 2005 - Rush Valley, Tooele Co., by Todd Black
Note: Two adults in breeding plumage were seen in a "new" place.  It has been seen several times in the Saltair area (south shore of G. Salt Lake) about 30 miles to the northeast.
Vermilion Flycatcher
    
O-2005-02
8,9 Jun 2005 - Loa, Wayne Co., by Todd Black
Note: This sighing is north of the the usual range for this species in southwestern Utah.
Black Phoebe
    
O-2005-01
2 Apr 2005 - Near Fayette, Sanpete Co., by Darren Clark
Note: This sighing is north of the the usual range for this species in southwestern Utah.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    
O-2003-06
17 Jun 2004 - Dove Creek Pass,  B.E. Co., by Keith Evans & Jack Rensel
Note: Few sightings have been reported in this part of the state.
Brown Thrasher
    
O-2003-05
17 Jun 2004 - Dove Creek Pass,  B.E. Co., Keith Evans & Jack Rensel
Note: Other sightings in Box Elder Co. were in Skull Valley and Bear River MBR
White-winged Dove
    
O-2003-04
18 Jun 2003 - Davis Co. , by Kent Morby
Note: Most sightings of this species are in southwestern Utah.
Acorn Woodpecker
     O-2003-03
31 May 2003 - Boulder, Garfield Co., by Carolyn Titus
Note: Most sightings of this species are in San Juan and Washington Counties.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
     O-2003-02
16 May 2003 - In San Juan Co. , by Jim Hook
Note: Few sightings have been reported in this part of the state.
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
     O-2003-01
30 Dec 2002 - In Garfield Co., by Jens Munthe
Note: Out of normal range.
Black Swift
     16-2001
14 Jul 2001 - Wasatch & Utah Cos., by Merrill Webb & Antoinette Sitting Up
Note: This report documents breeding Black Swifts in Utah. Accepted by the Records Committee (7 acc)
Blue Grosbeak
     16-2001
16 Jul 2000 - Fish Springs NWR, by Steven M. Sullivan
Note: This report was submitted to the Records Committee but was no longer on the review species list.  The species was not on the Fish Spring checklist in 2000.
North Shoveler X
Blue-winged Teal Hybrid

     O-1997-01
16 Jul 2000 - Near Farmington Bat, by Calvin Robbins
No
Photo
Note: This is a report of a possible rare hybrid.  It was not reviewed by the committee nor were any opinions offered, but it is posted here for future reference.
Surf Scoter
     O-1996-02
18 Oct 1996 - Farmington Bat, by Calvin Robbins
Note: This species was removed from the Review List before this record was submitted.  It is still a rare and notable sighting.
Least Tern
      O-1996-01
21 Jun 1996 - Neponset Reservoir, Rich County, by Paul Lehman
Note: This bird was reported by a reputable birder but no official record was submitted.
Least Bittern
     O-1996-01
16 Jun 1996 - Ouray, Uintah County, by Paul Lehman
Note: This bird was reported by a reputable birder but no official record was submitted.
Bell's Vireo
     O-1995-01
19 May 1995 - Last Chance Creek, Kane County by John D. Grahame
Note: While conducting an avian survey in a riparian area of Glen Canyon NRA, this bird was found and reported to the Record Committee.
Southwestern
    Willow Flycatcher

     O-1995-02
25 May 1995 - Moab, Grand County, by Gail Ann Lea
No
Photo
Note: This is an interesting subspecies of Willow Flycatcher that is found in Utah and is the subject of several studies. 
Bell's Vireo
     O-1995-03
22 Aug 1995 -  San Juan River, San Juan County, by Linda Seibert
Note: Several birds of interest were reported from a surry done along the San Juan river by the Bureau of Land Management.  Along with the Bell's Vireo, Black Phoebe, Summer Tanager and Hooded Oriole were also reported.
Common Poorwill
     O-1993-02
6 Apr 1993 -  Near Mendon, Cache County, by Sheldon J. Cooper
Note: Because this species is difficult to see, Common Poorwills may seem more rare than you'd think.  This bird is not on the Review Species List.
Indigo/Lazuli
        Bunting hybrid

     O-1993-01
22 May 1993 -  East of Rockville, Washington County, by David Wheeler, Dave Thompson
No
Photo
Note: This could be an Indigo Bunting X Lazuli Bunting hybrid or possibly a molting Indigo Bunting.
Rose-breasted
                Grosbeak

     O-1993-03
29 Jun 1993 -  Zion NP, Washington County, by Shane Pruett
Note: A fairly rare bird that is not on the Review Species list of the Utah Bird Records Committee.
Green Heron
     11-1993
4 Sep 1993 -  St. George by David Wheeler
Note: Always a good species to see even in southern Utah where it is more easily see than in the northern part of the state.  It is no longer on the Review Species list.
Lewis's Woodpecker
     O-1993-04
10 Sep 1993 -  Just north of Boulder, Garfield County by Bob Walters
Note: This bird can be found in certain areas around the state, but is pretty rare in most others.  It is not on the Review Species list.
Blue Jay
     O-1993-05
20 Oct 1993 -  Glen Canyon NRA, Kane County, by Paul Hays
Note: This is mainly an eastern species in the US, but can be found in Utah mainly in the winter.
White-throated Sparrow
     O-1992-01
9 Feb 1992 -  Matheson Wetlands Preserve,  Grand County, by Gail Ann Lea
Note: This species is listed as "accidental" on the 2004 Matheson Preserve checklist.
Surf Scoter
     O-1992-02
24 Oct 1992 -  Antelope Island State Park, , by Tim Helentjaris
Note: This record was submitted to the Records Committee but wasn't reviewed.  This species was removed from the Review List around 1998.
Common Loon
     O-1991-01
4 Nov 1991 -  Moab, Grand County , by Nelson Boschen
Note: Early record for Grand county, submitted when the Records Committee was establishing the 10-year status of rare birds in Utah.
Long-tailed Jaegar
     O-1991-02
18 Sep 1991 -  Deer Creek Reservoir, Wasatch County, by T. Edward Madden
Note: UFO (Utah Field Ornithologists) record that was later accepted by the Records Committee, but was not included in the reports.
White-throated Sparrow
     O-1991-03
15 Dec 1991 - Near SL Int. Airport, Salt Lake Co., by Mark Stackhouse
Note: A record submitted when the Records Committee was establishing the 10-year status of rare birds in Utah.
Harris's Sparrow
     O-1991-04
1 Dec 1991 -  Back yard in Fruita, Wayne County, by John Spence
Note: A record submitted when the Records Committee was establishing the 10-year status of rare birds in Utah.
Harris's Sparrow
     O-1991-05
1 Jan 1991 -  Moab, Grand County , by Nelson Boschen
Note: A record submitted when the Records Committee was establishing the 10-year status of rare birds in Utah.
Harris's Sparrow
     O-1991-06
14 Dec 1991 -  Moab, Grand County , by Kim Tennyson
Note: A record submitted when the Records Committee was establishing the 10-year status of rare birds in Utah.
Lapland Longspur
     O-1991-07
14 Dec 1991 -  South East Moab, Grand County , by Esther Keyser
Note: A record submitted when the Records Committee was establishing the 10-year status of rare birds in Utah.
Varied Thrush
     O-1992-01
19 -23 Jan Dec 1990 -  Vernal, Uintah County , by Dr. T. R. Seaggs(?)
Note: This species was removed from the Review List before 1998, but this is a rare sighting in this part of the state.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
     O-1990-02
29 Jun 1990 -  Fish Springs NWR, Juab County , by Joseph Engler
Note: This species was removed from the Review List before 1998, but add to the list again in 2010 because of decreased  sighting.
Vermilion Flycatcher
     O-1990-03
4 Oct 1990 -  Ouray NWR, Uintah County , by Michael L. Lange
Note: Although Vermilion Flycatchers are seen quite commonly in the southern part of Utah especially in Washington County, they are very rare in the northern Utah.
Upland Sandpiper
     O-1989-01
9 Sep 1989 -  Kaufman's Ranch, Millard County , by Merrill Webb, Mark Bromley, Tim Helentjaris, Doug Kirkpatrick, Jim Matheson, Bob Parsons
Note: This records was apparently reviewed and accepted by the UFO Records Committee and is an official state record for this species.
Veery
     O-1989-02
5-6 May 1989 -  LaSal Mountains, San Juan County , by Nelson Boschen
Note: There is no record of this being reviewed by the Records Committee for some reason.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
     O-1988-01
25 Jun 1988 -  Fruit Heights, Davis County , by Wayne & Virginia Allen
Note: This species was removed from the Review List before 1998, but add to the list again in 2010 because of decreased  sighting.
Varied Thrush
     O-1988-02
16 Dec 1988 -  Cedar City, Iron County , by Steve Hedges
Note: This species was removed from the Review List before 1998, but this is a rare sighting in this part of the state.
Great-tailed Grackle
     O-1988-03
17 Dec 1988 -  Moab Sloughs, Moab, Grand County , by Nelson Boschen
Note:   Some of these early sightings can help track the increased population of this bird in the state.
Veery
     O-1987-01
13 Sep 1987 -  Moab, Grand County , by Coen Dexter
Note: This species was listed as "uncommon" (but not rare) before the Records Committee was established.  Maybe this is why this record was overlooked and not reviewed.
Surf Scoter
     O-1987-02
17 Dec 1987 -  Moab Sloughs, Moab, Grand County , by Nelson Boschen
Note:   Surf Scoter sighting were becoming more common at the time of this sighting and so this sight record was not reviewed.
Inca Dove
     O-1986-01
23 Aug 1986 -  St. George, Washington County , by Merrill Webb
Note:   This is an early sighting of Inca Doves in Utah. 
Vermilion Flycatcher
     O-1986-02
14 Oct 1986 -  Provo, Utah County , by Merrill Webb
Note:   This Species is commonly seen in Washington County but is very rare in northern Utah.
White-tailed Kite
     O-1986-03
10 Nov 1986 -  Southwest of Levan, Juab County , by Merrill Webb
Note:   Submitted as a Black-shouldered Kite -- the name has been changed.  This record was accepted by the UFO Records Committee.
Blue Jay
     O-1986-04
22 Nov 1986 -  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County , by Merrill Webb
Note:   This record was accepted by the UFO Records Committee.  The species has sense been taken off the Review List.
McCown's Longspur
     O-1985-01
5 Jan 1985 -  Washington Fields, Washington County , by Merrill Webb
Note:   This sight record was accepted by the UFO Records Committee and is still on the Review List as of April 2015.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
     O-1985-02
25 May 1985 -  BYU Campus, Provo, Utah County , by Merrill Webb
Note:   This record was accepted by the UFO Records Committee.  The species has sense been taken off the Review List.
Least Bittern
     O-1984-01a
     O-1984-01b
22-30 May 1984 -  se Provo, Utah County , by Jan Cooper, Merrill Webb
Note:   This record was accepted by the UFO Records Committee.  This species is still on the Review List.
Red-throated Loon
     O-1984-02
25 May 1985 -  Lake Powell, Kane County , by Richard & Ella Sorensen
Note:   This record was accepted by the UFO Records Committee.  This species is still on the Review List.
     

    

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