Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 10-1996

Common name:

  Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name:   Buteo albonotatus
Date:   9-7-96
Time:   4:00 P.M.
Length of time observed:   5 minutes
Number:   1
Age:   Adult
Sex:   ?
Location:   Enterprise Reservoir
County:   Washington
Elevation:   5,300 ft.
Distance to bird:   50-100 feet above me.
Optical equipment:  
Light Conditions:   excellent
Detailed description of bird:   It had black underwing coverts, throat, underparts and vent.  The tail was black with 2-3 white stripes.  The primaries and secondaries were noticeably paler that the coverts.  The tail was long and rounded.
Song or call & method of delivery:   None
Behavior:   Soared and circled.
Habitat:   Reservoir, sage-pinyon-juniper, mtns. nearby.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
  Turkey Vulture: The bird had white tail stripes.
Previous experience with this & similar species:   None
References consulted:   Peterson West Field Guide
Description from:   Memory
Observer:   Joshua Kreitzer
Observer's address:   174 East 300 North, Washington, UT  84780
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared:   8-2-97
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