Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 02-2002

(Information taken from a narrative and notes)

Common name:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Scientific name: Nyctanassa violacea
Date: 8 May 1996
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Length of time observed: 1 hr. and 45 min.
Number: 1
Age: adult
Location: 1/2 mile N. of Burriston Pond, Juab Co. Utah
County: Juab
Distance to bird: ~25 to 100 yards
Optical equipment: 8x40 Nikons and a surveyor scope
Light Conditions:  
Detailed description of bird:   "Pale crown, yellowish at forehead and fading to white going from forehead to  streamers, bill-dark, white cheek patch bordered by black, black extending unbroken under chin ~1-2 inches wide, legs appeared a pale orangish-pink, entire belly, breast and side on neck uniform grey, wings and back grey and stripey."
     "All characteristics including red eye were evident through 8x40 Nikons."  
(see drawing and notes and 2 photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior:      "Will and I moved in close to ~25 yards.  All characteristics including red eye were evident through 8x40 Nikons.  The heron stretched his neck and looked at us warily at this range."  (see narrative)
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Previous experience with this & similar species:  
References consulted:  
Description from: Narrative and notes taken at the time of sighting
Observer: Darren Shirley (submitter)  and Will Richards
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared: 12 Jan 2002 (information extracted by Milton Moody)
Additional material: 2 photos