Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O_2016-02

Common name:

Northern Bobwhite

Scientific name: colinus virginianus
Date: 18 September 2016
Time: 5:25-5:33pm, 6:41-6:43pm
Length of time observed: 8 minutes; 2 minutes
Number: 1
Age: mature
Sex: male
Location: Cottonwood Heights
County: Salt Lake
Latilong: 40.619974, -111.832864
Elevation: 4584
Distance to bird: 12'
Optical equipment: images: ipad
Weather: dry, windless, 84 degrees
Light Conditions: clear, shaded
Description:        Size of bird: Similar to California quail [present at sighting]
(Description:)       Basic Shape: plump small football
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: mottled beige and brown body
(Description:)            Bill Type: short, stout, black
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Approximately same size as mature California quail. Body not barred, somewhat mottled with minor downy tufts between wings on back. Black beak, very white throat and head framed by black bands that cross the throat base and extending through the eyes. Black or dark cap extends down back of neck.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: n/a
Behavior: Bird exhibited an approach to the dove-infested feeder tray that featured a mixture of agression and finesse.
Habitat: back yard patio
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
California, Gambel's quail. Hungarian, Chukar partridge. Eliminated by comparison of head and body markings. Compared observation with dozens of images of similar species, then compared with photos I captured.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Casual but careful recreational bird watching over 45 years, Feeders maintained for past 20 years. Monthly field experience in quail and partridge habitat.
References consulted: Peterson Field Guide, web sources for many images.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: John Cederquist
Observer's address: 7219 Ponderosa Drive, Cottonwood Heights, Ut
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: spouse
Date prepared: 18 September 2016
Additional material: Photos, video [too large to send]
Additional comments: I will email to the provided address 4 images and 1 video that were made during this sighting. They were taken through a double glass window