Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 9-1994
[Note: The copy I had was light in some places and I could tell what it said. 
These places are marked "unintelligible."  I think they're mainly in non-critical places, but you can decide ~mgm]

Common name:

  Le Conte's Thrasher

Scientific name:   Taxostoma lecontei
Date:   12/29/94
Time:   10:30
Length of time observed:   ~10 minutes
Number:   1
Age:   adult
Location:   Snow Canyon [unintelligible] ... L campground. ~ 50' downstream
County:   Washington
Distance to bird:   varied [unintelligible]
Optical equipment:   8.5 x 44   [unintelligible]
Weather:   cloudy, cool
Light Conditions:   cloudy but good light -- some periods of sun
Detailed description of bird:   A large very pale tan thrasher with a long downcurved, slender bill.  Very "erect" stance.  Long tail distinctly darker than body; whisker streak not very evident.  Color was overall pale tan fading to gray below.  Undertail coverts tan.
Song or call & method of delivery:   --
Behavior:   Very active running rapidly about with [unintelligible]... tame and did not seem to mind my presence.  At one pt it ran within 5' of me.  It made no attempt to hide.
Habitat:   mixed deciduous,  evergreen, riparian scrub - dominant were live oak (Ruberus turbinella) and hackberry (Celtis reticulata)
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
  Crissal Thrasher - undertail coverts, stance, behavior  & overall color very different than this bird.
   Not streaking - so not curvebilled; bird too long for Bendire's
Previous experience with this & similar species:   I have good experience with all species except Le Conte's
References consulted:   consulted NGS guide afterwards
Significance of record in this area or the state: very rare -- unusual habitat
Description from:   notes taken at time of sighting
Observer:   John Spence
Observer's address:   see other record
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared:   1/12/95
Additional material:  

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