Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-28

Common name:

Palm Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica palmarum
Date: 4/26/08
Time: 5pm-ish
Length of time observed: 15+ minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male?
Location: Road to Bear River refuge where it crosses the canal
County: Box Elder
Distance to bird: 15-30 feet
Optical equipment: B&L Elites 8X42
Weather: Mostly Sunny - high clouds I believe
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Warbler-size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler-like
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brownish with some yellow and rust
(Description:)            Bill Type: Warbler-like
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Warbler that was relatively non had a bright rusty cap with a dark and obvious eyeline. The eyebrow was mostly yellow...particularly near the bill...the throat and lower auriculars were a light yellow. The undertail coverts were pretty bright yellow. The remaining underparts (belly, flanks, lower throat, etc.) were cream-ish colored with dull streaks along the flanks. I did not note the color/pattern of the back, but they seemed relatively plain and nondescript. Photo is diagnostic of the 'Western' subspecies for this species. At one point, there were two Palm Warblers at this location.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Foraged in tamarisk near the canal...did pump tail, but not as much as most Palm Warblers I've observed
Habitat: Open ranch land with tall grasses and tamarisk...adjacent to a fresh water canal
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Pine Warbler - does not have the rusty cap or yellow undertail coverts, tail pumping

Prairie Warbler - no rusty cap and dark eyeline, tail pumping
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I've seen hundreds in Florida and New York
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: From memory
Observer: Colby Neuman
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Other observers who independently identified this bird: Betsy Beneke I believe found two Palm Warblers at this location (2 days prior?)
Date prepared: 10/20/08
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: