Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2002-13
|August 26, 2001
|Length of time observed:
|5 to 7 minutes
|River Lane in Lake Shore (west of Springville)
|Distance to bird:
|10 to 20 feet
|Clear, sunny, hot
|Bright sun. (The bird was seen in the shade of the tree canopy.)
|Detailed description of bird:
Distinct white eye-ring
Bright yellow-green on crown
Light gray face
Greenish-yellow back with dark gray streaks from nape to tail
Whitish-yellow wing bars
Dark gray wings and tail
Some yellow-green in wing feathers
Plain grayish-white underparts from throat to tail
Dark colored warbler bill
|Song or call & method of delivery:
Warbler-like movement in branches of trees
Gleening small bugs from the branches
Flitting from branch to branch
|Riparian strip of deciduous trees
how were they eliminated:
We could not think of any similar species to compare to this sighting.
When we first sighted the bird, we knew that it was not a familiar "more common" Utah species, so we immediately consulted our field guides. This bird looked exactly like the Chestnut-sided Warbler drawings in The Sibley Guide to Birds, and National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America. We could not find another warbler species which has the combination of features described above (white eye-ring, yellow-green crown, greenish-yellow back with dark gray streaking, light gray face and grayish-white underparts).
After we consulted the field guides, we relocated the bird and noted each of the features described by Sibley.
Upon returning home, we also compared the bird we saw to the photograph in The Audobon Society Master Guide to Birding, Volume 3, page 131. In our opinion, the bird we saw looked exactly like this photograph.
|Previous experience with this & similar species:
|We have seen numerous Chestnut-sided Warblers at Point Pelee in Ontario, and in Texas. However, all of these sightings were in the spring, and were, therefore, breeding plumage adults.
The Sibley Guide to Birds
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America
The Audobon Society Master Guide to Birding
|Joel and Kathy Beyer
|1719 Hillcrest Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
|Observer's e-mail address:
observers who independently identified
Not known first hand. However, we heard that Terry Sadler and Dennis Shirley
both saw this bird.
|September 1, 2001