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

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)

    

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