Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O_2005-05

Common name:

Brown Thrasher

Scientific name: Toxostoma rufum
Date: 11/20/2005
Time: 1600
Length of time observed: 1 hour
Number: 1
Age: mature
Sex: unknown
Location: Bluff, Utah
County: San Juan
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: none
Weather: 55 degrees F, bright and clear
Light Conditions: bright
Description:        Size of bird: larger than a rufus towhee
(Description:)       Basic Shape: long tail
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: bright rufus above, 2 wing bars, yellow eye, streaked breast
(Description:)            Bill Type: long and slender
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:

(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: an electrical short circuit sound "thvzt". Loud and clear, delivered just one time, every 5 minutes or so.
Behavior: Landing haphazardly into a wild rose thicket, wings a scatter, then pulling together and climbing to the ground.
Habitat: rose thicket, juniper shrub around a hot tub.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
 I thought it was a towhee, but breast was too streaked and the back was such a bright rufus.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have never seen one before, but very familiar with rufus towhee and brown towhee
References consulted: Golden Guide to Field Id Birds of North America, Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Website
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Jim Hook
Observer's address: 220 E. Main St. P.O. Box 309, Bluff, UT 84512
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Luanne Hook
Date prepared: 11/20/2005
Additional material: Will Photograph tomorrow ( photo)
Additional comments: This bird seems way out of range, but the viewing was so close and long that there is no mistake.