Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-35

Common name:


Scientific name: Catharus fuscescens
Date: September 1, 2020
Time: 09:54
Length of time observed:  >1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Mormon Flat Campground, Jeremy Ranch Road
County: Morgan County
Latilong: 40.815035, -111.585330
Elevation: I'd guess about 6,000+ feet
Distance to bird: 30 feet
Optical equipment: Nikon D500 with a Nikkor 500mm Lens + 1.4x TC
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: Slightly smaller than an American Robin
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Thrush shaped
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Uniformally reddish above, white below
(Description:)            Bill Type: straight narrow bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Plump body, whitish flanks, white belly, weak lateral throat-stripe, reddish to cinnamon colored upper parts. Bird was perched with its back to me but when it took off I didn't notice any strong spots.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Silent
Behavior: Perched briefly (<2 seconds) and then took off
Habitat: Willow thicket with a seep below it.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
 Eliminated Hermit Thrush because this bird lacks the olive-gray flanks and strong lateral throat-stripe that Hermit Thrushes have. Eliminated Swainson's Thrush because this bird lacks the rufous tinged flanks and olive colored back that Swainson's Thrushes have and this bird also lacks the distinct "spectacled" appearance they have.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
None in person, knowledge gained from photos and reading books. Experienced with Hermit Thrushes in the field.
References consulted: Sibley's Guide to Birds, Merlin
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mia McPherson
Observer's address: 896 Riverbend Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: September 1, 2020
Additional material: Two Photos are being sent after submission.
Additional comments: Ron Dudley also saw the bird but could not ID or photograph it.