Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2023-68

Common name:

Gray Hawk

Scientific name: [Buteo plagiatus]
Date: October 20, 2023
Time: 9:43am
Length of time observed: 1 min 52 seconds
Number: 1
Age: unknown
Sex: unknown
Location: Roy, Utah
County: Weber
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment:  
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Sunny, no clouds at all, the bird was in the shade of trees
Description:        Size of bird: Medium
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Round, similar to a dove or pidgeon, long tail with black on it, slightly curved or hooked beak
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Gray/blue, black on tail, white under wings
(Description:)            Bill Type: Curved or hooked
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Last night, a bird landed on the edge of our roof near the window. I was indoors so only caught a climpse out the window of its long tail. We have had kestrels in our yard, so I wondered ifnit was a kestrel, but the coloring wasn't right. This morning, about 9:15, I was on a walk and saw this gray bird with something in its talons sitting in the neighbor's yard. A magpie was approching it, obviously hoping for a scrap of whatever it was eating. They both flew away, the blue one still holding its prey. I left and came home 30 mins later and the gray bird was in our front yard on a pile of branches under our trees. It still had its prey under its talons. I pulled out my phone and began recording and taking photos. It moved around a bit and I could see under its wings was white. The whole bird was a blue/gray (my seven year old daughter described it as silver). After a minute and 52 seconds, it took flight, still carrying its prey. The bird appeared to have
a short curved or hooked beak. Its tail was long with black.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Watchful and defensive around the magpie, but not overtly cautious or nervous.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Internet, siblings who are birders
Description from: Notes made later
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Myself, Breclyn Everett, and my daughter [Lylok Eklund]
Observer's address: 4853 S 3575 W
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: October 20, 2023
Additional material: Photos  Tape [large video file - may be available later]
Additional comments: