Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-27

Common name:

Canada Warbler

Scientific name: Cardellina canadensis
Date: 9/6/16
Time: 3:55pm
Length of time observed: 10 min
Number: 1
Age: ??
Sex: ??
Location: Big Cottonwood Park
County: Salt Lake
Latilong: 40.667427, -111.846069
Elevation: 4341'
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: Pentax ED 8x43, Canon 60D camera with 55-250mm zoom lens
Weather: Pleasent. Partially sunny, light winds
Light Conditions: Overall nice with a shaded light under the trees
Description:        Size of bird: Small, warbler-sized
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbleresque with long tail, pointed bill
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Gray above, yellow below
(Description:)            Bill Type: pointed- Dark upper mandible, pinkish lower mandible
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Warbler with gray upperparts and yellow underparts. All gray tail with white undertail coverts. Complete eyering. Faint gray necklace. Pink legs. Small bill with dark upper mandible and pinkish lower mandible. Yellow upper loral streak.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None.
Behavior: Foraging through midstory. Frequently switched perches. Very active.
Habitat: Shaded midstory underneath a canopy near a pond. Their preferred habitat.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Magnolia Warbler lacks all gray wings, bold eye ring and all gray tail.
-Connecticut Warbler lacks bright yellow underparts and has different feeding habits.
-Nashville Warbler lacks all gray upperparts, two-toned bill and streaks on the chest.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Very familiar with this species from my time back east where it was one of my favorite warblers.
References consulted: Sibleys 2nd edition
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Kenny Frisch
Observer's address: Holladay, UT 84117
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Tim Avery, Stephanie Greenwood, Nate Brown, Sommerfelds, Michael Lester
Date prepared: 9/6/16
Additional material: Photos
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