Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-29a

Common name:

Palm Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica palmarum [Setophaga p.]
Date: 05-06-2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Garr Ranch, Antelope Island State Park
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 10 to 20 feet
Optical equipment:  Eagel Optics 8x42 Binoculars
Weather: Overcast, on and off slight drizzle. Thunderstorms off in the distance. Strong winds from the south.
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Medium to large warbler species
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  Basic warbler shape, with longer tail and flat head
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Brown with yellow throat and undertail coverts
(Description:)            Bill Type: Dark, long and pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Brown upperparts with yellow throat and undertail coverts. Dark eye-line with streaks on breast and flanks. Watched for at least 10 minutes and bird pumped tail constantly.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Active, searching for insects on tree.
Habitat: Small wooded area near pond. Open grassland surrounding wooded area.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
 I knew bird was warbler right away from shape, bill and behavior but wasn't sure of species. Bird kept returning to tree and was able watch bird for 10 - 15 minutes and concentrate on marks. I then sat down and went through my Sibley guide looking at all warblers and felt certain it was Western Palm Warbler. I live in Houston, TX and bird spring migration on the gulf coast and pretty familiar with that warblers that come through. Not too familiar with Palm but have seen Eastern a few times.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Sabine Woods, Sabine Pass, TX Eastern Palm Warbler
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds and iBird Plus.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Eric Faria
Observer's address: 17403 West Mill Village Cir. Houston, TX 77095
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 5/28/2017
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