Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-06

Common name:

Palm Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga palmarum (western)
Date: 4/28/2016
Time: 10:02 a.m.
Length of time observed: 3 different times over an 1.5 hours
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: unknown
Location: 40*40'48.8"N 111*27'27.0"W  [Park City, Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail]
County: Summit
Elevation: about 6,625'
Distance to bird: 25'
Optical equipment: 12x binoculars and Canon camera with 200-500mm lens
Weather: 35* and snowing. Slight wind.
Light Conditions: Dismal, low light.
Description:        Size of bird: Same size as Yellow-rumped Warblers it was with.
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler shape,
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Yellow on undertail coverts and on throat jumped out. Streaks on side and rufouse crown.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Typical warbler bill.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Rufous crown, streaks on breast. Olive green above. Yellow throat, yellow supercilium, and yellow under tail coverts. Black eye line through the lores. Identified as western given lack of yellow on under belly.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Moving often and quickly low in shrubs between sagebrush and willows. Occasionally perched up but only very very briefly. Stuck with a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and loosely with Chipping Sparrows.
Habitat: Sagebrush and Willows near a riparian area.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
I can't think of anything else even closely similar to an adult Palm Warbler. When it first flushed and before I even got a good look at it I knew I had an adult Palm Warbler.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I saw one Palm Warbler a few years ago near Utah Lake.
References consulted: Field guides.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Matthew Pendleton
Observer's address: 1417 Eaest Point Dr. Sandy, Ut
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: I alerted Bryant Olsen about the bird and its location. He arrived with Vivian Schneggenburger about 40 minutes later. We refound the bird and they both got good looks and I believe Bryant got an additional photo.
Date prepared: 4/28/2016
Additional material: Photo
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