Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-18

Common name:

Common Crane

Scientific name: Grus grus
Date: 3-10-17
Time: 6:45 a.m.
Length of time observed: 15 min.
Number: 1
Age: adult
Location: Green River, Utah
County:  Grand
Latilong: N 38.99067, W-110.14158
Elevation: 4078'
Distance to bird: 75 feet
Optical equipment: binoculars and camera
Weather: partly cloudy, light wind, 40 degrees F
Light Conditions: early morning light
Description:        Size of bird: about 45 inches tall
(Description:)       Basic Shape: similar to Sandhill Crane
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  overall gray plumage, white nape, black neck
(Description:)            Bill Type: yellowish bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Single bird with migrating flock of Sandhill Cranes, in adjacent spent alfalfa field. Lacks the intermediate characteristics of hybrids with SACR. No brownish plumage, strong contrast with grayish body and black and white of neck and tail.Larger than accompanying Sandhills.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Similar to accompanying Sandhills.
Habitat: Remnants of a last year's alfalfa field.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Accompanying Sandhill Crane comparisons in the Sibley Guide, Crossley Guide, and pictures taken at the sighting.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Sandhill Cranes only
References consulted: Sibley Guide, Crossley Guide, Cornell Library.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Kathleen & Hal Robins
Observer's address: 2235 Stillman Ln, Salt Lake City, UT, 84109
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Responses from the posted sighting including pictures on e-Bird
Date prepared: 3-13-17
Additional material: Photos
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