Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2004-

Common name:

Northern Parula Warbler

Scientific name: Parula americana
Date: 5/24/04
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: 120 E. 100 S., Ephraim
County: Sanpete
Elevation: 5600
Distance to bird: 20 feet
Optical equipment: 10x50
Weather:  clear
Light Conditions: good
Detailed description of bird: Size approximately that of a yellow-rumped warbler.
White crescent above and below the eye. Throat yellow. Dark gray necklace. Yellow breast. Belly and undertail coverts white.
Two bold, white wing bars. Upper parts bluish gray. No good, complete view from above.
Song or call & method of delivery: Song buzzy and ascending. Sang as it foraged in aspen and boxelders along Ephraim Creek.
Behavior: Foraging by fluttering from branch to branch and searching leaves and branches. Continued to forage as it sang. Remained in upper portions of the trees.
Habitat: Backyard riparian habitat with aspen and boxelder trees. Understory of wild roses, currants, and willows.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Yellow-rumped warbler eliminated because of crescents, wingbars, and necklace.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted: National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 4th edition
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Paul A. Gardner
Observer's address: 120 E. 100 S., Ephraim, UT 84627
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared:  
Additional material: 5/25/04    (General Public)
Additional comments: I heard this species again on Tuesday, May 25, 2004.