Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2002-19

Common name:

Hermit Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica occidentalis
Date: April 25 2002
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex:  male
Location: Top of Nay's Canyon in the Pine Valley Mtns.
County: Washington
Elevation: Appox 9500 ft.
Distance to bird: 30-40 ft.
Optical equipment: Swift's 8.5x44
Weather: cloudy
Light Conditions: overcast but good light
Detailed description of bird: Located the bird near top of a conifer tree while it
was singing a high pitched buzzy song which accelerated and raised in
pitch the last few notes. The warbler had a distinctive bright yellow
head with a sharply outlined black throat. Nape also black. Crisp white
underparts which bordered the black throat and extented through the
belly, vent, and undertail coverts. No streaking noted on the white
underparts even on the lower flanks. Grayish-olive back with black spots
running in uniform rows. 2 bold white wingbars.
Song or call & method of delivery: described above
Behavior: Quite active, flitting around the smaller branches at the top
of a conifer.
Habitat: High mountain conifer stand
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Townsend's x Hermit hibrid. While hibrids
may have same head pattern, usually have some yellow on breast below
black throat. also show dark streaking in the lower flank area. have more
greenish back. Black-throated Green warbler Shows yellowish underparts,
more greenish back, bold streaking on flanks, Pattern in yellow face.
Golden-cheeked Warbler has distinctive black eyeline, black back
Previous experience with this & similar species: seen male Hermit Warblers in migration in So.
References consulted: Peterson Field Guild Warblers by Jon Dunn/Kimball Garrett.
Hermit/ Townsend,s Warbler Hybrids article Published in BIRDING Volume
33 Number 4 August 2001
Description from: Notes taken 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: June 9 2002   (General Public)
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