Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Brown Thrasher

Scientific name: Toxostoma Rufus
Date: 06/02/2012
Time: 6:15 pm
Length of time observed: 25 seconds
Number: 1
Location: Residential area just below Ivins Reservoir.
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 9'.
Optical equipment: Naked eye.
Weather: Sunny/clear
Light Conditions: Excellent
Description:        Size of bird: Large, 11"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Long bill and tail.
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Rusty brown back, streaked/white breast
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long, straight. Approx length of head.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Rusty-brown back and head. Tail was completely brown. Breast was white with black streaking. Eye was yellow. Bill was approx as long as head and straight. About 11 or 12" in size.
Song or call & method of delivery: None.
Behavior: Feeding on red berries in a bush before bouncing off to the backside and out of sight.
Habitat: Was in a large bush with red berries, in a residential yard.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Sage- bill was much longer and bird was much larger. Tail was completely brown. Long-billed- bill was straight.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I am from Southern Illinois and have seen this species multiple times.
References consulted: None initially. Only after telling my birding partner what I had seen and being told the range of the Brown Thrasher, did I seek out additional reference. Petersen's.
Description from:  
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
Date prepared: 09/15/2012
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