Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Yellow-throated Vireo

Scientific name: Vireo flavifrons
Date: October 12, 2012
Time: various
Length of time observed: 5 - 10 min
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Red Hills Golf Course
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird:  ~ 3-5 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: calm, occasional drizzle following overnight rainstorm
Light Conditions: overcast but bright
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Heavy rains in the morning canceled at tournament and closed the Red Hills GC, allowing a rare opportunity to look for birds. While watching a large flock of Lesser Goldfinches foraging in the sunflowers along the third hole I was surprised to see a Yellow-throated Vireo fly into the sunflowers. It slowly moved through the sunflower patch and into the nearby creosotes. The vireo was relocated later that afternoon in the willows along City Creek immediately above the golf course.

Plump Vireo with greenish yellow head, nape, and back; bright yellow throat and breast; white belly, flanks, and undertail coverts. Wings dark with two large, bright white wingbars, and prominent white tertial edging. Short ,dark tail; dark legs. Face with large black eye with bright yellow spectacles and dark lores; large dark bill with a hooked tip.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: foraging slowly through sunflowers and creosotes; mid-canopy in willows and cottonwoods gleaning
Habitat: Golf Course and adjacent Mojave desert habitat and 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: 12-23-12
Additional material: Photo
Additional_Comments: description above copied from field notes