Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2003-20

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Parula americana
Date: May 16-June 5, 2003
Time: All day
Length of time observed: Up to 10 minutes at a time
Number: One
Age: unknown
Sex: unknown
Location: Zion National Park; Watchman Housing Area
County: Washington
Elevation: 4000 feet
Distance to bird: Up to 50 feet away
Optical equipment: Several people viewed the bird with high quality binoculars (Leica, etc.)
Weather: Generally clear and warm
Light Conditions: Good
Detailed description of bird: A small warbler; blue-gray backside and wings with some olive on the upper back; Broken white eye ring; white wing bars; white belly; yellow throat and breast. Adjacent dark gray and orange bands across breast.
Song or call & method of delivery: The bird sings frequently throughout the day. Song is a rising trill ending with a "zip."
Behavior: Spends its time in the large trees around the Watchman Housing Area in Zion National Park. Sings frequently.
Habitat: Residential area with lots of large ash, sycamore, and other trees.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Not easily confused with any other species.
Previous experience with this & similar species: I had seen several Northern Parulas just two weeks before along the Texas coast. I have seen this bird on numerous occasions while living and working in the Florida Everglades.
References consulted: National Geographic Field Guide to North American Birds
Description from: From memory
Observer: Bob Showler
Observer's address: Bob Showler, P.O. Box 236, Springdale, UT 84767
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Lonny Boring, Christi Carmichael, Dennis Brooks, Willy Dunne, and about a dozen observers who were participating in a guided bird walk.
Date prepared: 6/5/03  (Restricted)
Additional material:  
Additional comments: This bird has been hanging around the same area for nearly three weeks. I suspect it will remain in the area even