Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-51

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: parula americana  [Setophaga americana]
Date: May18/13
Time: 9:00 am
Length of time observed: 40 seconds
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: female - lacked dark element of breastband of male
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Distance to bird: approx 30 feet
Optical equipment: 8 X 42
Weather: clear, still
Light Conditions: very good
Description:        Size of bird: smaller then cyth in immediate proximity
(Description:)       Basic Shape: roundish body, short neck
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: yellow throat, rufous breastband, blue head, white wing bars, broken eye-ring
(Description:)            Bill Type: don't note the bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
same as above.
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: foraging along edge of pond
Habitat: pond surrounded by willows
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
briefly considered Virginia Warbler. Eliminated because it lacked wing bars, head was more gray blue then blue, there was no breast band.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds, National Geographic Field Guide
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Norm Parrish
Observer's address: PO Box 5142, Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada, T9N 2G3
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 070613
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: did attempt to photo however camera focused on willows blurring out bird