Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-15

Common name:

Eastern Phoebe

Scientific name: Sayornis phoebe
Date: 03-31-08
Time: 1930
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~850 m
Distance to bird: 5 m
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: clear and calm
Light Conditions: evening light
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Overall large round head, small sharp bill, plump body, relatively short wings, and long tail. Upperparts olive gray. Wings olive with pale edges on secondaries and tertials. Underside, pale whitish throat, olive sides of breasts giving the bird a vested appearance, whitish belly and undertail coverts with a pale yellowish wash. Dark eye, inconspicous on dark face, dark bill and dark legs
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: perched and flycatcher in boxelders around Lytle trailers and buildings. Perched upright, and slowly dipped it's tail.
Habitat: Riparian area running through Joshua tree / creosote Mojave desert.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: 35050 West 290 North
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none, however there was an Eastern Phoebe observed at Lytle in late fall (October/ November) 2007
Date prepared: 08-25-08
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: description is copied from field notes written on April 2, 2008.