Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-26

Common name:

Tennessee Warbler

Scientific name: Oreothlypis peregrina
Date: August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: 1st fall
Sex: unsure
Location: Bountiful Pond
County: Davis
Latilong: 40.904635, -111.927398
Distance to bird: 15 yards at times.
Optical equipment: Nikon Monarch 10X42 Binoculars, Canon 7D w/ Canon 100-400mm lens.
Weather: No wind.
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird: Small, warbler sized.
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Similar to Orange-crowned warbler.
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Greenish yellow overall. White underatil coverts
(Description:)            Bill Type: Sharp bill.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Greenish yellow coloring on head, breast and back. Faint wing-bars present. Most notable feature was the white undertail coverts. Bird had a sharp looking bill and dark lores with a light yellow/green supercillium.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Giving a high pitched "Seet" call. Different sounding than Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, and Yellow Warblers nearby.
Behavior: Actively flitting around from tree to tree close to the trail.
Habitat: West edge of bountiful pond in medium-sized deciduous trees.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Orange-crowned Warbler: Overall greenish yellow color did not contrast between the head and the mantle. Pale supercillium also stood out. White undertail coverts was probably the most differentiating feature that ruled out Orange-crowned Warbler.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen before in Texas.
References consulted: Online resources at the time of sighting. Compared photos to Sibley when I got back to the car.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Kendall Watkins
Observer's address: 2622 W Dry Creek Drive, Riverton, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Bryant Olsen, Joel Beyer, Kathy Beyer.
Date prepared: September 3, 2016
Additional material: Photos
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