Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-35

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Setophaga americana
Date: 10-27-2015
Time: 1pm
Length of time observed: 2 minutes, then refound 45 minutes later and observed for 5 more minutes
Number: 1
Age: Hatch Year
Sex: ?
Location: Bountiful Pond
County: Davis
Elevation: 4250ft
Distance to bird: closest look was less than 3m
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x50 Binoculars, Canon SX50 hs Digital Camera
Weather: Sunny,breezy, 65F
Light Conditions: Excellent
Description:        Size of bird: Small passerine-4.5in
(Description:)       Basic Shape: typical warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: bright yellow throat and breast, white belly and undertail, blue head and olive back
(Description:)            Bill Type: typical warbler
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
What first caught my eye in the field was the bright yellow throat and breast, with a hind of orange tint to it, contrasting with bright white belly and undertail coverts. Later saw the eye arcs, blueish head, white wing bars, yellow lower mandible and olive back. Very distictive
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none heard
Behavior: flitting around, mostly in the tree tops, but came down to mid level and gave great looks eventually
Habitat: Canal grown with willows and Russian Olives, on the eastern edge of a huge wetland. Known migrant trap
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
No other warbler has a similar pattern (see above), so ID was straight forward. Finding the bird was the challenge.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, saw an adult male a few year back up City Creek
References consulted: 'The Sibley eGuide to Birds of North America' App.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sightin
Observer:  Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 688 East 700 South #105, SLC, UT 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: First found and reported earlier in the day by Michael San Miguel, late relocated by Shyloh Robinson and Stephanie Greenwood. I later ran into Michael San Miguel and we observed the bird again at close range
Date prepared: 10-27-2015
Additional material: Photos