Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2003-43

Common name:

Kentucky Warbler

Scientific name: Oporonis formosus
Date: 5 November 2003
Time: Afternoon
Length of time observed: ~15 minutes
Number: one
Age: Adult
Sex: Male (from outline of mustache)
Location: My lot in the town of Tropic
County: Garfield
Latilong:  37.5 N.
Elevation: 6300'
Distance to bird: Bird in hand.
Optical equipment:  
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Good indoors and out.
Detailed description of bird: Underparts bright yellow, no suggestion of green, from throat to under tail coverts. Back and dorsal tail uniformly colored what I would describe as greenish, perhaps olive green. Black or very nearly black crown feathers with irregular or feathered edges, not like a wilson's. Examined mustache and the yellow eye ring closely; eye ring came around from the yellow brow or above eye stipe to the bottom center of the eye as a thin bright yellow line. Mustache had the outline of the a male Kentucky and was black or at least very dark. No wing bars. Legs had a pinkish show-through hue. I thought the bill looked slightly compressed dorsal-laterally, but did not seem askew or damaged by the collision with my window. Believing it was a Kentucky I compared it to the picture shown in BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, by Robbins, Bruun and Zim 1983 edition. Took the bird and book over to my brothers to show him, and for him to witness, but he was not at home. By this time the bird had revived and was trying to escape so I let it go and it flew ~50 meters and then landed in a bush - I though it had a good chance to survive.
Song or call & method of delivery: No singing. I have heard this understory bird sing - it song is loud and clear.
Behavior: Stunned
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Mustache and eye ring diagnostic
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen a more than a dozen times while birding or Morel hunting in Eastern Kansas and Missouri. Do not think I
ever photographed it.
References consulted: Birds of North America, by Robbins, et al
Description from:  
Observer: H. Gail Pollock
Observer's address: P.O. Box 73, Tropic, UT 84776
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared:  16 November 2003   (General Public)
Additional material: Original Record
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