Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-76

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Setophaga americana
Date: 12-29-2017
Time: 12:20pm
Length of time observed: 2 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Immature
Sex:  ?
Location: Tracy Aviary, Liberty Park SLC
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4,285ft
Distance to bird: Less than 3m
Optical equipment: Vortex 8.5X42 Binoculars
Weather: Sunny, 50F
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: 4.5in
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Typical warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Yellow,white and blueish
(Description:)            Bill Type: Typical warbler bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Warbler flushed at less than 3m from me. Naked eye it looked too yellow for a YRWA, so I put the binos on it, and was dumbfounded that it was a Northern Parula. Had an entirely bright yellow-orangy throat and breast, with a white belly, bluish head with eye arcs, yellowish patch on the back and 2 white wing bars, presumably an immature as the breast was solid yellow with no darker band of an adult.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Visiting our feeders, feeding on compressed seed of a "woodpeck log"
Habitat: City Park
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Yellow-rumped Warbler are superficially similar, but yellow is limited to throat and flanks patch, blackish gray head and back, streaking on the flanks and breast,yellow on crown, and are larger and longer tailed. No other warbler normally winters here. Tropical Parula ruled out by eye arcs.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, I've seen 2 before in Utah
References consulted: iBird pro
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 84102,SLC,UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: 12-29-17
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: eBird checklist: