Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-04

Common name:

Cassin's Sparrow

Scientific name: Peucaea cassinii
Date: 10/8/2019
Time: 12:30 pm
Length of time observed: 10 seconds
Number: 1
Age: Unknown
Sex: Unknown
Location: UT-24 near Loa, UT
County: Wayne
Distance to bird: 15 ft
Optical equipment: Vortex 10 x 50
Weather: Sunny, no wind
Light Conditions: Excellent, bird facing sun
Description:        Size of bird: Sparrow-sized
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Sparrow-shaped
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Mostly light brown with slightly reddish wings and white, unmarked belly
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long for its size, triangular and pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Relatively drab overall with bare unmarked chest, long tail, large triangular bill, faint eye-rolling, no eye line, and faint brown cap. Wings had a slight rufous color.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Flocking with mixed species, seen perched on a fence.
Habitat: Dry farm field near highway
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Unmarked belly eliminated most species; long tail and dull unmarked back eliminated Clay-colored and Brewer's Sparrows; brown cap eliminated Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen once before, got good looks both times.
References consulted: Field guides, both online and book.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Ian Batterman
Observer's address: 8538 S. Harvard Park Dr
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 1/12/2020
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