Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-39

Common name:

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Scientific name: (Dendroica caerulescens)  [Setophaga caerulescens]
Date: 10-12-2010
Time: evening
Length of time observed: ~ 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: male
Location: Beaver Dam Wash, Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 820 m
Distance to bird: 10-15 m
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: sunny
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Very distinct warbler with clean white undersides and black face, chin, throat, extending down sides to flanks. Blue crown, nape, back, tail, and wings with prominent white patch at base of primaries. White spots on outer retrices visible in flight.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: Foraging low in shrubs often chasing moths on to the ground.
Habitat: Riparian area along the Beaver Dam Wash
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
no similiar species
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 09-25-2011
Additional material: Photos