Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-01

Common name:

Eastern Phoebe

Scientific name: Sayornis phoebe
Date: 11/18/2009
Time: 10:45 am
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Quail Creek Reservoir
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 25 feet
Optical equipment: Bushnell binoculars zoom variety
Weather: breezy, cool, dry
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: 6 to 8 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: large headed large chested
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown gray upper portions with a distinct yellowish lower breast
(Description:)            Bill Type: short small straight
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Brown/grey upper parts with a yellow lower breast and white upper breast. Dark bill and feet. no eye ring and no other distinct markings, facial or wing.
Song or call & method of delivery: no song
Behavior: perching on a stripped vertical piece of vegetation about 3 to 4 feet off the ground
Habitat: Dry area just above the muddy portion of the shrinking Resevoir. Was perched on a long thick leaf-less stick amidst other vegetation.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Initially I thought it was another Say's Phoebe, as the initial shape and size seemed to match. However the belly was not buff as a Say's should be but yellowish. It acted like a Say's would, by catching insects on the wing.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
no experience with the Eastern Phoebe, I have however, seen plenty of Say's Phoebes.
References consulted: I utilize four books in the field. The Smithsonian by Ted Floyd, the newer Smithsonian by Alsop, the National Geographic guide by Dunn and Alderfer, and Sibleys newest
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Nathan Fisher
Observer's address: 10 N 60 E La Verkin, UT 84745
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 01/07/2010
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: It has been posted on and accepted. I am very particular about my sightings and stating whether or not I have seen a bird. If I have any doubt, I will not post it. I would rather not say I have when I haven't as I only cheat myself and I mainly do this for my greater eddification