Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2018-06

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Setophaga americana
Date: 1/27/2018
Time: ~1630
Length of time observed: five minutes
Number: one
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Zion National Park - Emerald Pools Trail
County: Washington
Distance to bird: less than ten feet
Optical equipment: 8x42 binoculars
Weather: clear, ~50 degrees
Light Conditions: bright
Description:        Size of bird: Yellow throat
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Two white wing bars, bright yellow throat, white breast/underbody, white around eye, yellowish green on upper back. Good looks within ten feet, not a yellow rumped warbler. Gray flank feathers. White around eye.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: not shy, came out from cliff side of trail within feet, landed on brush opposite, hung out for five minutes without much movement around
Habitat: brush
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Closest similar specie yellow-rumped warbler - this parula had two white wing bars, bright yellow throat/upper breast and bright white below that into lower breast and underbody. Tell-tale yellowish green hue in upper back. No yellow to flank at all, unlike yellow-rumped warblers.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: Sibley - Western Birds
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Ian Adams
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Annette Gibert
Date prepared: 1/29/2017
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