Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2002-19
|Scientific name:||Dendroica occidentalis|
|Date:||April 25 2002|
|Length of time observed:||5 minutes|
|Location:||Top of Nay's Canyon in the Pine Valley Mtns.|
|Elevation:||Appox 9500 ft.|
|Distance to bird:||30-40 ft.|
|Optical equipment:||Swift's 8.5x44|
|Light Conditions:||overcast but good light|
|Detailed description of bird:||
Located the bird near top of a conifer tree while it
was singing a high pitched buzzy song which accelerated and raised in
pitch the last few notes. The warbler had a distinctive bright yellow
head with a sharply outlined black throat. Nape also black. Crisp white
underparts which bordered the black throat and extented through the
belly, vent, and undertail coverts. No streaking noted on the white
underparts even on the lower flanks. Grayish-olive back with black spots
running in uniform rows. 2 bold white wingbars.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||described above|
Quite active, flitting around the smaller branches at the top
of a conifer.
|Habitat:||High mountain conifer stand|
how were they eliminated:
Townsend's x Hermit hibrid. While hibrids
may have same head pattern, usually have some yellow on breast below
black throat. also show dark streaking in the lower flank area. have more
greenish back. Black-throated Green warbler Shows yellowish underparts,
more greenish back, bold streaking on flanks, Pattern in yellow face.
Golden-cheeked Warbler has distinctive black eyeline, black back
|Previous experience with this & similar species:||
seen male Hermit Warblers in migration in So.
Peterson Field Guild Warblers by Jon Dunn/Kimball Garrett.
Hermit/ Townsend,s Warbler Hybrids article Published in BIRDING Volume
33 Number 4 August 2001
|Description from:||Notes taken at time of sighting|
|Observer's address:||887 Germania Ave. Murray Ut. 84123|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
observers who independently identified
|Date prepared:||June 9 2002 (General Public)|