Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:


Scientific name: Seiurus aurocapilla
Date: 05-27 and 05-28-2012
Time: various
Length of time observed: ~ 30 min
Number: 1
Location: Lytle Ranch, Beaver Dam Wash
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 850 m
Distance to bird: 5 m
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: clear and calm
Light Conditions: sunny; bird often viewed in shade
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
While walking through the orchard at Lytle Ranch I flushed an Ovenbird from the thick alfalfa along the western edge of the orchard. The Ovenbird flew up ~ 1.5 m into a small apricot tree and perched silently for a minute or two before returning to the ground to continue foraging at the base of the tree. I briefly observed it walking through the thick foliage, and while trying to get closer it flushed again and remained motionless in the tree for a couple minutes before again returning to the ground. Dan Trujillo and Jane Day arrived later in the afternoon and we relocated the Ovenbird in the same manner and area. It was also present on the morning on May 28.


Medium sized warbler with olive green upperparts and bright white underparts with bold dark spotting. Face olive with large black eye, bold white eye-ring, white throat, and black malar stripe. Crown with black lateral crown stripes and central orange crown patch. Bill relatively large and pale. Short olive tail with long bright white unmarked undertail coverts. Dark spotting on white undersides arranged in vertical rows becoming more diffused towards rear. Olive flanks. Pink legs.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: silent
Behavior: see above
Habitat: orchard adjacent to desert riparian area
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: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 07-07-2012
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: notes and description above copied from field notes written following sighting.