Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-20

Common name:

Zone-tailed Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo albonotatus
Date: 03-29-08
Time: 11:00
Length of time observed: 5-10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Location: Leeds Creek, along Oak Grove Road between Cedar Ridge and Ash Grove Spring
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: 1525 m
Distance to bird: 100 m
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Light Conditions: sunny
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
At the distance viewed, hawk appeared all dark and very similiar in flight to a Turkey Vulture with long broad wings appearing to have silvery secondaries and primaries and splayed primary tips. Light subterminal tailband visible from below when the bird banked.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: na
Behavior: soaring with tippy flight, wings held in dihedral reminiscent of a Turkey Vulture.
Habitat: pinyon/juniper/manzanita foothills, canyons, Leeds Creek area.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Turkey Vulture - eliminated by feathered head with yellow ceres

Common Black-Hawk - eliminated by broader wings, no contrast on under-wing linings, shorter tail, etc.

dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk has pale panels at the base of primaries.
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
Date prepared: 08-25-08
Additional material: Photo
Additional Comments: