Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-90

Common name:

Magnolia Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga magnolia
Date: 10-09-2013
Time: 2-3 minutes
Length of time observed:  
Number: 1
Age: hy male /ad female
Sex: hy male / ad female
Location: Beaver Dam Wash below Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~850m
Distance to bird: 3-5 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear and calm
Light Conditions: direct light
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
hatch-year male / adult female Magnolia Warbler in the willows along the marshy area immediately below the Beaver Dam Wash road crossing downstream of Lytle Ranch. The warbler was with a mixed flock including Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, House and Bewicks wrens, Dark-eyed Juncos, and an Indigo Bunting. I eventually noticed a Long-eared Owl roosting in the willows and the birds may have been mobbing the owl.

Active warbler with bluish gray upperparts, bright yellow undersides and two prominent wing-bars.
Head: bluish gray with bright white complete eyering, yellow throat, pale orangish bill with dark across culmen. Greenish back patch with faint dark streaks; yellow rump; wings bluish black with two white wingbars and white primary and tertial edging. Undersides bright yellow with distinct black streaking on flanks & lower belly and bright white undertail coverts. Tail damaged but underside pattern of white with large black terminal band still obvious. Legs dark with pale yellowish feet
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: foraging low in willows
Habitat: desert riparian area
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
bluish gray head, complete white eyering, yellow undersides, and white vent unique.
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: 12-05-2013
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: description copied form field notes.