Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-69

Common name:


Scientific name: Spiza americana
Date: Dec. 17, 2017
Time: 0850
Length of time observed: 3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: U/K
Sex: U/K
Location: Tonaquint Park Trail, St. George
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 20 yards
Optical equipment: Nikon D500 with 500 mm lens
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: excellent
Description:        Size of bird: small
(Description:)       Basic Shape: sparrow shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: grey with yellow chest
(Description:)            Bill Type: sparrow type
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
yellow eyebrow, white and black mark on chest
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley's
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Marie Mischel
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: Dec. 17, 2017
Additional material: Photos
  I retain rights to the photo of this bird but allow use to Utah Birds Records Committee. Photo emailed to