Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2023-13

Common name:

Eastern Phoebe

Scientific name: Sayornis phoebe
Date: 4/14/2023
Time: 10:30~am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Oquirrh Lake
County: Salt Lake
Latilong: 40.548877,-111.999853
Elevation: 4,800~ft
Distance to bird: 10m at closest
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x42 Binoculars
Weather: Overcast, 45F
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: medium sized passerine
(Description:)       Basic Shape: erect flycatcher
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: sooty gray above, whitish below
(Description:)            Bill Type: short and flat
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Reported the day before on eBird, I gave chase and found it at the south end of the lake. Initially in a large cottonwood on the bank, but would fly around to nearby trees on the waters edge, often sallying for insects. Overall a sooty gray above, head somewhat crested and darker than rest of the back, weak wingbars, whitish throat and breast, pale gray band across middle torso, pale belly with a hint of yellow. Habitually wagged its tail.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Heard a simple peep over and over
Behavior: Sally for insects over water, often landing on exposed branches on waters edge
Habitat: Freshwater pond with a few cultivated trees on banks
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Say's Phoebe-similar but has orange belly and brownish breast, head and back

Black Phoebe-all black with contrasting white belly
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, my 2nd in Utah
References consulted: Memory
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Found and reported on eBird on 4/13 by Aaron Taylor, seen by many
Date prepared: 4/21/23
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments:

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