Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-65

Common name:

Philadelpia Vireo

Scientific name: Vireo philadelphicus
Date: 8 Sept. 2007
Time: afternoon
Length of time observed: several minutes
Number: 1
Age:  ?
Sex: ?
Location: Jordan River Parkway 5400 So.
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: 20 - 30 feet
Optical equipment: Swarovski 10x
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: common vireo size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: vireo
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: greenish brown back and yellow undersides
(Description:)            Bill Type: typical vireo
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
This sighting was 10 years ago. I realize the difficulty of this bird in Utah, but it has been accepted in surrounding states. Now the bad part. See the photos. All I can add is that the photos were late evening and as I recall the yellow was brighter than the photos show.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: feeding in Russian Olive tree
Habitat: Russian Olive grove near the Jordan River
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Warbling Vireo - this bird has much more yellow on it. Dark cap.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Lots with Warbling Vireo and none previous with this one.
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds then and images on the internet now.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Jack Binch
Observer's address: 1564 Crest Circle - Sandy, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bob Huntington and others. Only one I remember questioning it was Steve Carr, and when asked okay, what else could it be he had no answer.
Date prepared: November 26, 2017
Additional material: Photos
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