Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-26

Common name:


Scientific name: Cardinalis sinuatus
Date: May 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Length of time observed: 1 Minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Springdale, Utah (Riparian land just beyond the back of the Holiday Inn Express)
County: Washingon
Latilong: 37*11'4"N,112*59'59"W
Elevation: 3900'
Distance to bird: 25'
Optical equipment: Zeiss 10x42
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: 8"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Cardinal-shaped
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Gray-brown with red around the face, throat and on wing
(Description:)            Bill Type: Heavy Seed-eating
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Gray-brown on the body, including the crest, red face and a little red on the throat. Dark tip on the crest, which may have been red--the light made it difficult to determine. Heavy, yellow bill. Dark eye. Touch of red in the wing. There was not, however, the heavy red on the chest. The chest was gray-brown. Perhaps a young male not yet in full plumage?
Song or call & method of delivery: No sounds
Behavior: Briefly perched on small, low branch of a pine tree. Flew on after a minute.
Habitat: High, dry forest
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Shape of a female cardinal, but with a yellow, instead of a red bill and with less red in the wing. The bird I observed also had red under the throat, not black and the throat marking was a little larger.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen in South Texas
References consulted: Sibley's Birds of North America
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Jennifer R. Golden
Observer's address: 23958 Copenhagen Street
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Martha Vandervoort
Date prepared: May 31, 2018
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