Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-61

Common name:

Eastern Phoebe

Scientific name: Sayornis phoebe
Date: Nov. 10, 2017
Time: 11:18 AM
Length of time observed: 1-2 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Confluence Park (On Ash Creek)
County: Washington
Latilong: Not recorded
Elevation: 3100 ft
Distance to bird: Approx. 60-70 ft
Optical equipment: 10x42 binoculars, Nikon D750 with 300mm & 1.4 tele (420mm)
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: small
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Passerine
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Dark above, light below
(Description:)            Bill Type: All purpose- thin, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Dark head, back, wings, and tail. White throat and breast. Yellow wash on belly. Gray on sides of breast. No eye-ring. Very weak wing bars.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: I did not hear it vocalize.
Behavior: It was flycatching above Ash Creek when I approached. It flew to a higher perch to observe me for a little less than a minute before flying off to the south.
Habitat: Riparian
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Typical Phoebe appearance, size, behavior, and habitat. White throat and breast eliminated Black Phoebe. Yellow wash below and white breast eliminated Say's Phoebe.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen Eastern Phoebe before in Washington County, and MANY in South Texas. I have photographed several Eastern Phoebes and other flycatchers and have thoroughly reviewed and studied the photographs and Field Guides.
References consulted: I knew the species from experience, but also confirmed with Sibley Guide.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Maurice DeMille
Observer's address: 260 N Main St., La Verkin, UT 84745
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None that I know of.
Date prepared: Nov. 18, 2017
Additional material: Photo
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