Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 5-2001

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Parula americana
Date: 17 May 2001
Time: 9 to 10 Am
Length of time observed: 1 hour
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Maple grove forest service camp ground 16 miles southeast of Scipio, UT
County: Millard
Distance to bird: 10 meters
Optical equipment:  
Weather: clear, a few distant clouds, it had rained the night before
Light Conditions: bright
Detailed description of bird: a fairly small warbler with a short tail. The bird was bluish above with greenish yellow back. lower bill, throat and upper chest yellow with dark blue and reddish orange bands going across the breast. White belly and undertail coverts broken eye ring with white above and below the eye. 2 white wing bars. yellow legs. small, thin, sharp bill
Song or call & method of delivery: The song was an ascending buzzing sound with an ending 2 note buzzy sound
Behavior: The bird was very active in the deciduous trees (some cottonwoods) near the stream in the campground.
Habitat: Very thick mixed deciduous riparian area around streams that flow through a mid-elevation campground.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
There is no other warbler that has the distinctive breast bands found on the Northern Parula.
Previous experience with this & similar species: I have seen 2 other Northern Parula in Utah. One near the Red Iguana Restaurant in the winter time about ten years ago. 1 at Willard Bay Campground a few years ago.
References consulted: Sibley Guide to Birds. National Geographic Field Guide to No. Am. Birds
Description from: Notes at time of sighting.
Observer: Terry Sadler
Observer's address:  887 Germania Ave. Murray, UT 84123
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared: 19 June 2001
Additional material: Original Document

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