Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O_2003-06

Common name:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific name: Pheucticus ludovicianus
Date: June 17, 2004
Time: 9:45 am than again at 10:30 am
Length of time observed: Total about 30 minutes
Number: one
Age: Sub-adult
Sex: Male
Location: Dove Creek Pass
County: Box Elder
Latilong: #1 - Lucin
Elevation: unknown
Distance to bird: 15 miles west of Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah
Optical equipment: Leitz binoculars and Kowa scope
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Excellent
Detailed description of bird: Seed eating bill, bright red throat, black back, white wing-bars. The white breast with the bright red breast "triangle" eliminated all other possibilities. Jack Rensel and I are familiar with this species from the east. There was still a faint streak through the eye, leading us to believe it was a young male. We encountered it at stop #46 of the Lynn BBS (85024), then returned after completing the BBS route for a longer and closer look.
Song or call & method of delivery: I first recognized the bird by its loud grosbeak/robin type song. I quickly eliminated the similar songs of the Black-headed Grosbeak, American Robin, and Western Tanager.
Behavior: Singing from a perch in a Box Elder tree.
Habitat: Riparian habitat with Willow, Box Elder, Cottonwood and near a sagebrush/juniper upland.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
See detailed description
Previous experience with this & similar species: See detailed description
References consulted: None
Description from: From memory
Observer: Keith Evans and Jack Rensel
Observer's address: 4826 Kiwana Dr. Ogden, UT 84403
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Jack Rensel
Date prepared: August 10, 2004   (General Public)
Additional material:  
Additional comments: Observed and recorded on Stop #46 of the Lynn BBS (85024). Photos were taken and show the bright red upper breast. Photos
were not submitted.