Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2007-12

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Parula americana
Date: 05/22/2007
Time: 1:15 pm
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: 700 West just south of Red Hills Golf Course
County: Washington
Elevation: 3000 feet
Distance to bird: 50 - 100 feet
Optical equipment: 10x42 NIkon Binocs and Canon camera with 400mm camera lens
Weather: Clear Skies and war
Light Conditions: Conditions: birght sunny afternoon
Description:        Size of bird: Small Warbler size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler-like
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: gray-blue, yellow, olive and white
(Description:)            Bill Type: small pointed bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Typical adult male Northern Parula. The bird was gray blue on the head and cheeks, with blue wings, and two slight white wing bars. It had slight spectacles above and below the eye that were
white as well. The throat and breast were yellow with a darker "olive-brown" breast band running from shoulder to shoulder. The belly and under tail were white. The bird had a tiny pointed bill that appeared dark above, and yellowish below, something no other warbler has.

See picture...
Song or call & method of delivery: The bird was delivering what I believe was an alternate song. It was similar to it's normal song, but seemed more buzzy than usual. Rick Fridell had mentioned this to me in a phone call before I
visited the area.
Behavior: Was initially heard near the south edge of the golf course, and flew into a large cottonwood on the course where it was singing and feeding from the top of the trees.
Habitat: Residential area on the edge of a golf course.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Any number of wood warblers have blue-gray back and heads with yellow and white on the body, however none have the pattern this bird showed. Tropical Parula would be the nearest
candidate, but lacks the white spectacles and dark breast band.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Lived in Wisconsin for 4 years and Indiana for almost a year where I saw and heard numerous Parula's.
References consulted: None.
Description from: From memory
Observer: Tim Avery
Observer's address: Salt Lake City, Utah
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Rick Fridell found this bird the day before and let me know about it.
Date prepared: 05/26/2007
Additional material: Photo
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