Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-

Common name:

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica pensylvanica
Date: 10/13/05
Time: 4:25 pm
Length of time observed: 4 minutes
Number: 1
Age: First Fall
Sex: Female
Location: Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, upper section.
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 25 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 Zeiss Victory T*FL
Weather: Clear and Calm
Light Conditions: Afternoon Light
Description:        Size of bird: 5 inchs or so (warbler size)
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Lime Green and Gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird was foraging with a small mixed flock of  OCWA,YRWA,RCKI etc. Bird was pished in at close range. Whiteish/Gray underparts, no chestnut on bird. Nice white eye ring. Crown was a bright lime green, back was smooth looking and same color as crown. Wingbars where kind of yellowish or off white.
Song or call & method of delivery: Silent
Behavior: At times tail was cocked and wings drooped.
Habitat: Riparian with a creek
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Maybe confused with a blue gray gnatcatcher but the Lime green crown, and nice yellowish wingbars seperated the two.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Had a first fall female winter in my home town (Orange County, CA) the beginning of this year.
References consulted: Sibley, Peterson-Warblers
Description from: From memory
Observer: Peyton Cook
Observer's address: 11 Trail Canyon Dr. Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 10/18/05
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