Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-44

Common name:


Scientific name: Seiurus aurocapilla
Date: 9/12/2020
Time: 1:00pm
Length of time observed: 20-30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Sand Hollow State Park
County: Washington
Elevation: unknown  [Approx. 3000 ft.]
Distance to bird: 5-10 yards
Optical equipment: Swarovski 12X50 EL Binoculars and 3 cameras
Weather: Clear and hot
Light Conditions: Bright mid-day sun
Description:        Size of bird: 5"-6" estimated
(Description:)       Basic Shape: large warbler/thrush-like shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Greenish brown with brown striped chest
(Description:)            Bill Type: Thin, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Beautiful bird with full white eye-ring Olive colored wings back with white chest marked with sharply defined dark brown/black stripes and mustache. See photos.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: No vocalization heard.
Behavior: Very skulky but busy bird foraging on ground and in roots of small clump of willows.
Habitat: Small clump of willows on sandy beach on shore of Sand Hollow Reservoir.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Clear eye-ring eliminates Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush. Stripes eliminate Swainson's Warbler. Brown thrushes eliminated by orangish crown stripe.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
First found by Tony Jones who has seen and identified this species in the field before.
References consulted: Sibley Birds West and Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Tony Jones  [record submitted by Terry Reid]
Observer's address: St George, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Terry Reid, James Loveless
Date prepared: 9/18/20
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: First located and identified by Tony Jones.