Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2004-13

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Parula americana
Date: 5-22-04
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of time observed: 3 to 4 Minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Kaufman Ranch
County: Millard
Distance to bird: Within 25 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 B & L Elites
Weather: Mostly clear sky and windy
Light Conditions: Good
Detailed description of bird: A small compact looking Warbler. The head was blue gray with white cresents above and below the eye. The wings were blue gray with two white wing bars. I didn't see the upperparts well but they appeared to be the same color as the head.The throat and breast were bright yellow and it had a black and chestnut band acrossed the lower throat and upper breast.The belly and undertail coverts were white.There was also a little chestnut on the sides of the breast where the yellow of the breast connected with the white belly. The underside of the tail was white with black tips on the outer rectrices.   (see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: It had a buzzy upslured song that ended with a sharp zip note.
Behavior: Actively feeding mostly in the upper half of the trees.
Habitat: Cottonwoods,Elms and Russian Olive trees in farm land.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The only similar species in the Tropical Parula which doesn't have white eye cresents and is very unlikely to show up here.The field marks on a adult male make it easy to separate from other Warblers
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen many N. Parula's and several Tropical Parula's
References consulted: Sibley Guide
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: Photo
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