Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2002-16

Common name:

Hermit Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica occidentalis
Date: May 11, 2002
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Length of time observed: Five (5) minutes
Number: One
Sex: Male
Location: Lytle Ranch
County: Washington
Distance to bird: Thirty (30) feet
Optical equipment: Nikon 10 x 40 Monarch Binoculars
Weather: Partly cloudy
Light Conditions: Good
Detailed description of bird: Plain yellow face with no markings, dark markings
extending from nape onto crown, black throat, white underparts and two
white wing bars.  (see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Active with quick movements and working the lower branches of the trees.
Habitat: Desert oasis
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
This is the only black-throated wood warbler with a clean yellow face.
Previous experience with this & similar species: This is my first sighting of the Hermit Warbler.
References consulted: The Sibley Guide to Birds and National Geographic Society
Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Pomera M. Fronce
Observer's address: 1886 Dove's Landing Drive, Riverton, UT 84065
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
The initial sighting was also observed by Leila Ogden, Ardith Thygerson and Bonnie Williams. A second group saw the bird about an hour later. Names can be obtained from Milton Moody if needed.
Date prepared: May 14, 2002 (General Public)
Additional material: Photo
  Photos taken by Tuula Rose can be seen at the website.