Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2002-

Common name:

Painted Redstart

Scientific name: Myioborus pictus
Date: 5/13/2002
Time: 11:00am
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Zion National Park, Riverside Trail
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment: Pentax 10x42 DCF WP Binoculars, Pentax 8x42 DCF WP
Weather: Mostly Sunny
Light Conditions: Bright
Detailed description of bird: Black head.
Black bill.
Black wings with large white wing patch.
Bright red belly.
Black tail with white edges.
   (see photos by Jack Binch taken May 3rd in the same place)
Song or call & method of delivery: Song was a musical warble ending with wheeta wheeta wheetee wee. This song was repeated over and over.
Behavior: The bird was perched in a small bush on top of a large boulder about 10 feet above the trail. It sat in the same bush singing the entire time we were observing it.
Habitat: River riparian area in a canyon with large boulders and rock walls. Many cottonwood trees in the area.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
This bird is very distinctive so there are no other similar species to eliminate.
Previous experience with this & similar species: Many seen in Arizona on several different occasions. Also, saw a singing Painted Redstart in Zion Canyon last year.
References consulted: The Sibley Guide to Birds
The Petersen Field Guide Series: Western Bird Songs (CD)
Description from: From memory
Observer: Kathy and Joel Beyer
Observer's address: 1719 Hillcrest Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Many observers as indicated on birdnet.
Date prepared: 6/29/2002   (General Public)
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