Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-13

Common name:

Magnolia Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica magnolia
Date: 5/31/09
Time: 9:00AM
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Fish Springs NWR
County: Juab
Distance to bird: 10-20ft
Optical equipment: b&l customs
Weather: mostly sunny
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: warbler size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: warbler shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: yellow, black and white
(Description:)            Bill Type: warbler
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Largely yellow underneath with a clean yellow throat, and black necklace with black streaks coming off the necklace towards the belly...largely confined to the flanks and chest...largely gray to black above with black cheek patch observed with a lower eye arc present...the large white supercilium started above the eye and went towards the back of the of head gray...back mostly black...also two distinct white wing bars were present.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: The bird did sing a couple of times...very softly though.
Behavior: Foraging constantly so I finally just held my camera out and took a picture from less than 10 ft away...except when it caught a large moth and then it perched for 1+minute in a Russian Olive while I got a digi-binoc pic
Habitat: desert with a few trees--housing area at the refuge
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
yellow-rumped warbler doesn't have the extensive yellow underneath with the black necklace and streaking.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: From memory
Observer: Colby Neuman
Observer's address: 1713 W Pacific Ave Spokane WA 99201
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Tom Neuman
Date prepared: 6/12/09
Additional material: Photos