Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-85

Common name:

Hermit Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga occidentalis
Date: 08-29-2013
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Lava Point, Zion National Park
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: 3390m
Distance to bird: 10 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
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Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I observed an adult male Hermit Warbler foraging in the ponderosas and spruces at Lava Point with a mixed flock including Grace s Warblers, Mountain Chickadees, White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Grey-headed Juncos, and Chipping Sparrows.

Warbler with pale undersides, dark uppersides, yellow head and prominent white wing-bards.
Head bright yellow with prominent dark eye and greenish yellow on rear of crown extending down nape. Uppersides dark green with indistinct dark streaking on back. Wings dark with two prominent white wing-bars, dark primaries and secondaries with thin white edging, broader on tertials. Undersides pale, dingy white. Tail with dark upperside and white underside with dark spots on edges of outer retrices.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: chip note
Behavior: foraging, hover-gleaning
Habitat: Ponderosa / Engelmann Spruce
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Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Rick Fridell
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Observer's e-mail address: **
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Date prepared: 12-04-2013
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: description copied from field notes