Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # O_2006-02

Common name:

Grace's Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica graciae
Date: 29 Jun 2006
Time: ~ 9 am
Length of time observed: 1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Price Canyon Recreation Area
County: Carbon
Distance to bird: ~15 feet
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: sunny
Description:        Size of bird: warbler size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: warbler shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: gray back, yellow front, white belly
(Description:)            Bill Type: narrow, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Yellow eyebrow, and crescent under the eye
Yellow throat and breast
Gray back and crown
White wing bars
White belly with dark streaking on flanks.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: This bird responded to a tape of a Grace's Warbler with the same song.
Behavior: Responded to tape by flying into a nearby tree.
Habitat: Ponderosa Pine
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
A Yellow-throated Warbler has a white eyebrow and auricular area which was lacking in this bird.
A Yellow-rumped Warbler has a yellow throat that does not extend to the breast and has a broken white eye ring as opposed to yellow above and blow the eye in this bird. 
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have seen this warbler several times in southern Utah.
References consulted: (big) Sibley's
Description from: Memory after the sighting
Observer: Milton Moody
Observer's address: 2795 Indian Hills Dr., Provo, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Eric Huish, Tuula Rose, Leena Rogers and Jack Binch (on 2 Jul 2006)
Date prepared: 5 Jul 2006
Additional material: Photo
Additional comments: This sighting is much farther north than this birds normal range.  It is seen regularly in the southern part of Utah in San Juan, Kane, Garfield and Washington counties.