Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2002-15
|8 May 2002
|Length of time observed:
|About 20 seconds total
|Around the south gate of Red Hills Golf Course in St. George
|Distance to bird:
|2 observations between ~8 feet and ~40 feet
|Baush and Lomb Elite 8 x 42 binoculars, Kowa TSN 823 scope at 20 power
|Detailed description of bird:
The bird was generally charcoal gray above and lighter
gray underneath. The head was also charcoal gray above and on the sides down to
a fairly distinct line (where the molar line would be); the throat was a much
lighter gray color and the breast was and intermediate gray.
The bill was thick and stocky and the upper edge of the upper mandible was slightly curved.
The eye was reddish orange in color.
|Song or call & method of delivery:
|No song hear
|It was on the grass mulling around with the other cowbirds, then it flew to the golf course grass, then back to the top of a telephone pole (where I observed it in the scope), then it flew away.
|Residential, golf course.
how were they eliminated:
Brown-headed Cowbird: (The bird was with a male
and a female Brown-headed Cowbird which made for a good comparison) The
eye was reddish-orange not black. It was a bit larger and the head was
proportionately bigger. The bill was larger, longer and the upper edge or
the upper mandible was more curved. The head was not light brown
like the female or dark brown like the male B.H. Cowbird; it was a charcoal gray
Shiny Cowbird: This bird isn't likely to be here and it is even smaller in size and has an even straighter bill than the Black-headed Cowbird. It also has a black eye -- not red.
|Previous experience with this & similar species:
|I've seen a male Bronzed Cowbird in Texas, but not a female.
|National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and The Sibley Guide to Birds
|2795 Indian Hills Drive, Provo Utah 84604
|Observer's e-mail address:
observers who independently identified
|Junece Markham and KC Childs were with me when I saw it and they also saw it the next morning for a few seconds in the same area.
|12 May 2002