Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-38

Common name:

Connecticut Warbler

Scientific name: Oporonis agilis
Date: 9/24/2016
Time: 1:38 pm
Length of time observed: 10-20 min
Number: 1
Age: 1st winter
Location: 3111 East Bell Canyon Rd, Sandy
County: Salt Lake County
Elevation:  5,000 feet
Distance to bird: 10-20 feet
Optical equipment: 10X42 Swarovski
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: sunny
Description:        Size of bird: small
(Description:)       Basic Shape: warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long bill with orange base.
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Worked the ground and bottom 1/3 of gamble oak trees. Distinct and complete eye ring. Yellow vent. White-ish throat. Long bill with orange base. Brown-ish head with a brown - almost pink across the chest and sides. Dull yellow to white below. No wing bars. Fits 1st winter Connecticut. I did not note length of tail.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Worked the ground and bottom 1/3 of gamble oak trees.
Habitat: Worked the ground and bottom 1/3 of gamble oak trees.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
 I do not think it's Mourning or MacGillivray's warblers due to its full breast band, complete eye ring, and lack of bright yellow belly. It's not a common yellowthroat due to its complete eye ring and large bill. It's not a Virginia's or Lucy's warbler due to lack of breast band, smaller bill, and light yellow belly. Nashville was not considered due to lack of light yellow belly and smaller bill. All others were not considered due to wing bars.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have not seen this warbler before. I have been to Ohio and different areas of Texas giving me time with many Eastern warblers. I have extensive time with our local species such as MacGilverays, common yellowthroat, Virginias.
References consulted: Sibley app, The Sibley Guide to birds (2000), National Geographic (6th edition)
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Angie M Branch
Observer's address: 3111 E BELL CANYON RD
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: No other observers.
Date prepared:  06/01/2017
Additional material:  
Additional comments: The notes on the warbler are as exactly written on the day of the sighting. I did not submit the sighting because I was hoping it would come back. I wanted a photo to document the sighting. I then found the non-submitted sighting in my ebird app a few weeks ago and submitted it to ebird. They asked me to submit the sighting here as well.