Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 10-2001

Common name:

Golden-winged Warbler

Scientific name: Vermivora chrysoptera
Date: 16 Jun 2001
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Length of time observed: 6 seconds (about)
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: along Dividend Road - Just west of Eureka
County: Utah
Distance to bird: 20 - 25 ft.
Optical equipment:  
Weather: Sunny, calm, warm
Light Conditions: excellent
Detailed description of bird: (see Drawing)
Warbler shape and Jizz.
Gray Overall.
Black & white face with Yellow forecrown reaching about midway up the crown (yellow seemed deeper and more orangish than in the field guides).
White eyebrow and molar stripes.
Well defined black ear patch and throat. I didn't see any other black. Ear patch started at bill and went around & below the eye.
Black on the throat started at the base of the bill and ended on the upper breast.
All edges on black parts crisp & sharp. No smudging or streaking.
I saw a yellow patch on the wing, but didn't get a good look at where it was exactly before it flew off.
I didn't get any good looks while it was in flight.
I didn't see the tail, undertail, or legs.
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior:  Flew from a tree into a serviceberry bush. worked within the leaves on the outer edge of the bush. Then flew up into another bush and disappeared.
Habitat: Small canyon - (Bigtooth Maple, Chokecherry, Serviceberry, Mt. Mahogony) surrounded by Pinon-Juniper. Dry except for one small pond nearby.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Black-throated Gray Warbler - does not have a yellow forecrown. Black around eye reaches dark color at back of nape. throat patch has streaks. White wingbars.
Townsend's Warbler - Same as above.
Previous experience with this & similar species: No experience with Golden-winged Warbler
References consulted: Sibley & National Geographic Guides - on location. Peterson's - Warblers at home
Description from: Notes made later from memory
Observer: Eric Huish
Observer's address: 850 East 100 N Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
KC Childs was with me but he got a poor look
Date prepared: 17 June 2001
Additional material: 2 Drawing, drawn on the 17th, Original Documents

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