Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2007-27

Common name:

Tennessee Warbler

Scientific name: Vermivora peregrina
Date: August 13, 2007
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of time observed: one minute
Number: 1
Age: fall plumage
Location: Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
County: Davis
Elevation: 4500'?
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment: Pentax 10x42, Nikon 8x42
Weather: calm, hot
Light Conditions: sunny
Description:        Size of bird: 5 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: songbird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type: sharp and narrow
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Gray, narrow and sharp bill. Drab yellowish-green overall, with unstreaked chest and belly being more yellow-tinged than the back. Undertail coverts were white. Conspicuous light eyebrow
stripe, extending well behind the eye. Dark eye had a distinct dark line beginning just behind the eye and continuing through the eye to the beak. Very slight pale wingbar. Obvious white arc on forward edge of folded wing.
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: foraging in understory
Habitat: riparian
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Vireos have blunt bill. Orange-crowned Warbler does not have long eyebrow stripe. OC Warbler has broken eye-ring, yellow undertail coverts, streaking below.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Tennessee Warbler seen in spring in Texas and Ontario. Only fall bird seen last year at Willard Bay.
References consulted: Sibley, Nat'l Geographic, Peterson
Description from: From memory
Observer: Joel and Kathy Beyer
Observer's address: 1719 Hillcrest Ave. , Salt Lake City, UT 84106-3623
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: September 3, 2007
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