Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-12

Common name:

Magnolia Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica magnolia
Date: 5/14/05
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Plateau Dr., Salt Lake City
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: 20 ft.
Optical equipment: Zeiss 7x45
Weather: clear, sunny, warm
Light Conditions: bright
Description:        Size of bird: very small
(Description:)       Basic Shape: stocky, with short wings and somewhat long tail
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: yellow, black, gray, white
(Description:)            Bill Type: small, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
warbler with narrow, black bill and bright, yellow underside. Broad, black streaks on sides and black chest collar. Broad, black face mask with white superciliary and gray head, gray wings and a broad, white wing bar. Belly and undertail coverts were bright white.
Song or call & method of delivery: Song was a weak, "weeta weeta weetest" that rises at the end. Call was a somewhat hoarse "whit".
Behavior: moving around tree tops, feeding/singing
Habitat: was in tall deciduous trees
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Only warbler with similar coloration, overall markings, and song is Yellow-rumped. Yellow-rumped has white underbody, less defined black streaking to sides, and lacks broad, black face
mask. Yellow-rump has distinct sharp "whit" call. Song is longer and more slurred, typically fading at end.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
extensive experience with this and similar species. Bird Biologist for 15 years in NJ and throughout the East, conducted song bird surveys throughout that time, including banding,
breeding, and migration. Have seen/heard thousands of Magnolia Warblers and uncountable number of other warblers.
References consulted: None
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Jerry Liguori
Observer's address: 3055 Plateau Dr. SLC, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 5/17/05
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