Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-015

Common name:

Pine Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica pinus
Date: 4-30-2014
Time: 9:35am
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Juvenile?
Sex: Female?
Location: Lower Bair Creek/Nichols Park
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 8'
Optical equipment: Pentax Binos
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Sunny, great
Description:        Size of bird: Large Warbler, 5+ inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler, heavy chested
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Olive/Gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: Thick, dagger shaped warbler.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Immature and/or female. Relatively long, warbler shaped bill, grayish-olive head and back, back lacked any streaking. Throat at base of bill was whitish but turned to a yellowish wash from bottom of throat through mid breast and sides. Undertail completely white. Wings and tail were slightly darker than rest of back and rump. Wings had two wing bars. Face had grayish ariculars with light gray separating from shoulder area and nape. Eye had a faint cream, complete eye-ring. Very close looks. (Copied from my field notes)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Flew from a pine tree and ended up locating on the bark of a scrub oak.
Habitat: Riparian, deciduous with some conifers.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Lack of streaking on back eliminated Yellow-rumped and Cape May. White wing bars, eye ring, and undertail color eliminated most everything else.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen on multiple occasions in the Midwest.
References consulted: Nat Geo Field Guide, Petersen's, Internet...
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bryant Olsen, Shyloh Robinson.
Date prepared: 5/21/2014
Additional material:  
Additional_Comments: Once again, walk away from my camera only to find a good bird. Bryant Olsen and Shyloh arrived to look for bird within 10 minutes of my departure ( Had to leave for work). 15 minutes after they arrived, a Kaysville city employee started running a Ditch Witch, trenching within 10 ' of where I had last seen the bird.