Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 10-2000

Common name:

Red-shouldered Hawk

Scientific name:  
Date: 18 Oct 2000
Time: 10:00 am
Length of time observed: 15 min
Number: 1
Age:  imm
Location: 1/4 miles NE of Grafton Ghost Town Parking Area
County: Washington
Elevation: ~4000 FEET
Distance to bird: ~50 Yards
Optical equipment:  
Weather: Clear, Cool
Light Conditions: Backlit by sun, but still visible
Detailed description of bird: Mid-sized Buteo; brownish overall, mid-length banded tail, faint white line over eye; markings covering breast appeared both horizontal and vertical.
Song or call & method of delivery: Loud, repeated "caw" calls
Behavior: Perched, but would periodically move from tree to tree; calling frequently.
Habitat: Dense cottonwood forest along Virgin River.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Cooper's Hawk (imm): tail shorter than cooper's; Biggest "give-away" was call.
Previous experience with this & similar species: Previous experience with this and similar species: We have seen and heard hundreds of R.S. Hawks after working in FL Everglades for over 10 years.
References consulted: Stokes bird tapes, Nat'l GEO Field Guide
Description from: Notes made later.
Observer: Bob Showler
Observer's address: P.O. Box 236 Springdale, Utah 84767
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Christi Carmichael
Date prepared: 19 Oct 2000
Additional material: Original Document

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