Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-28(R95)
1995 sighting resubmitted in August 2005
Information for this record is taken from a letter from Alan Condie, dated 20 Sep 1995.

Common name:

Canada Warbler

Scientific name: Wilsonia canadensis
Date: 19 Sep 1995
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Sex: female
Location: Fish Springs NWR
County: Juab
Distance to bird: 20-30 feet
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Description:        Size of bird: five inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: warbler shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: solid olive-gray head-back-wings
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
This was a five inch warbler with a solid olive-gray head-back-wings; the wings had no wing bars; pale yellow eye spectacles; the neck and body were yellow; and this bird had four dark streaks down the upper breast.  The breast streaks were not as melanistic as shown for the male Canada Warbler and did not have the bluish-gray head and back as described for the male in reference books.  The bird appeared to be identical to the one listed as the female in the Peterson Field Guide "Western Birds". As an artist I would describe the "necklace" streaks as "muddy forest green" color ...  I noticed in the reference book: "Field Guide to the Birds of North America" by the National Geographic Society that the female Canada Warbler is shown with an indistinct "necklace".
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References consulted: Peterson Field Guide "Western Birds" and "Field Guide to the Birds of North America" by the National Geographic Society
Description from: ? (taken from a letter written later)
Observer: Alan S. Condie
Observer's address: 1375 Kristie Lane, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: Sept. 20, 1995 (original letter), 30 Aug 2005 (for submission to Records Committee)
Additional material: Letter   Original Document
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