Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2003-36

Common name:

Hooded warbler

Scientific name: Wilsonia citrina
Date: Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003
Time: 12 NOON
Length of time observed: 3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Horseshoe Canyon Unit, Canyonlands NP, b/t 3rd & 4th panels in willows right alongside trail (c. 1 mile down-canyon from where the NPS trail enters the canyon bottom)
County: Wayne
Latilong: didn't look up...
Elevation: c. 4,000-4,500'?? (don't have topo map of area, eyeballed elev. from Ut. road atlas)
Distance to bird: 5-15 feet
Optical equipment: Celestron Regal 8x42
Weather: sunny, warm (75-80 F)
Light Conditions: excellent, "bright shade"
Detailed description of bird: bright yellow face completely surrounded by black "hood". large black eye really stood out against its bright yellow face. i did not notice the tail, since i was so focused on the bird's beautiful head & face.
Song or call & method of delivery: just a chink-chink or tsk-tsk call (made two times), not unsimilar to an Audubon's scolding.
Behavior: flitted about in willows, responded to my pshing. at first was right next to me, then flitted to a farther spot. then flew off when someone else came walking up.
Habitat: willows
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
no other warbler has complete black hood surrounding bright yellow face. unmistakable.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
live with & see Wilson's regularly. have never seen this species, tho' have admired it in my bird book(s) many,many
References consulted: Sibley (Western North America), Natl. Geo., Utah bird checklist
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Sally Miller
Observer's address: P.O. Box 22, Lee Vining, CA 93541
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: none
Date prepared: Oct. 15, 2003   (Public)
Additional material: Original Record
Additional comments: this is a life bird for me, and it was amazing to see it in horseshoe canyon, of all places. i hope it enjoyed its stop
in this beautiful canyon.