Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2004-12

Common name:

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica caerulescens
Date: 5-29-04
Time: 6:00 PM
Length of time observed: 1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: 7 miles E. of Gandy, Foote Res. ?
County: Millard
Distance to bird: 20 to 25 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 B & L Elites
Weather: Sunny
Light Conditions: Good
Detailed description of bird: The crown nape and back were dark blue. The wings were blue with some black around the bend of the wing and on the primaries. There was a very distinct white patch at the base of the primaries. The auriculars and the throat area was black which also extended down onto the sides and the flanks. The underparts from the upper breast down through the belly was white. I didn't see the tail well from above or below. The bill was dark,thin and pointed. I didn't notice the leg color.
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Fluttering around in the understory looking for insects.
Habitat: Russian Olive trees and a thick understory of other brush within a spring fed oasis in the desert.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
There isn't any other Warbler that looks like a male Black-throated Blue.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen many male Black-throated Blue Warblers. This is the first male that I've seen in Utah.
References consulted: Sibley Guide, Dunn & Garrett Warblers
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Larry Tripp
Observer's address: 131 N. Butch Cassidy Trl
Observer's e-mail address: LTRIPP29@HOTMAIL.COM
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 6-19-04   (General Public)
Additional material:  
Additional comments: Comments: In the short time of the sighting I only saw the whole bird well for about 15 seconds. I tried to relocate it again that day and the next day but never saw it again.