Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-32

Common name:

Blackpoll Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica striata
Date: 08/29/2010
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of time observed: 10 minutes over an hour
Number: one
Age: first winter
Sex: ?
Location: Fielding Garr Ranch
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 10 to 20 feet
Optical equipment: Swarovski 10x42
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: varied from in the open to back lit in tree
Description:        Size of bird: 5 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: light olive to grayish on back and darker wings - light yellow wash on chest with some light streaks - white undertail coverts
(Description:)            Bill Type: warbler
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
What first got may attention was the distinct white wing bars and the overall light yellowish wash on the head and breast with some slightly visible streaks on the breast. After consulting Peterson "A Field Guide to Western Birds" I noticed the straw colored feet and white undertail coverts the next time I saw it.

Poor photos attached, but show most of the characteristics.
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: actively feeding
Habitat: wooded area
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Bay-breasted Warbler is very similar but has black legs - Pine Warbler is similar, but also with dark legs
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Peterson as noted above
Description from: From memory
Observer: Jack Binch
Observer's address: 1564 Crest Circle - Sandy, Utah 84093
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Joel and Kathy Beyer - Steve and Cindy Sommerfeld - Dave Hanscom - Mark Mossing - Dean DiTomasso - Martha Veranth - Bob MacDougal
Date prepared: 08/29/2010
Additional material: Photos