Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-34

Common name:

Palm Warbler (western)

Scientific name: Setophaga graciae
Date: 10-25-15
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Location: Powell Lake in Lehi, Utah
County: Utah
Elevation: 5000
Distance to bird: 20 ft.
Optical equipment: binoculars, camera
Weather: clear, calm, 60 degrees F
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Typical warbler shape, size. Light tan color overall, with bright yellow under-tail coverts beneath white belly, streaking on breast up to throat, darker mask, cap. Matched Sibley's non-breeding plumage pics.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Noisy, followed "chips" to bird
Behavior: hopping in top of Russian olive, calling with each hop
Habitat: Russian olive beside marshy pond
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
without binocs I thought it was a yellow-rump, then I saw mask, through binocs saw yellow tail coverts and started taking pics. Sent pics to Bryant Olsen who confirmed palm warbler.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Bryant Olsen
Description from: From memory
Observer: Sherree Sheide
Observer's address: 35044 Country Club Dr. Highland, UT 8400
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bryant Olsen [photos]
Date prepared: 10/27/15
Additional material: Photos