Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2009-18

Common name:

Palm Warbler

Scientific name: dendroica palmarum
Date: 11 October 2009
Time: about 1:00 pm
Length of time observed: 20 to 25 minutes
Number: one
Age: adult
Sex: unknown
Location: Spanish Bottom just below the confluence of Colorado and Green River Canyonland NP
County: Wayne
Latilong: don't know
Elevation: 3900 feet
Distance to bird: as close as 20 feet
Optical equipment: Nikon and Brunton binoculars
Weather: calm and clear 70 plus degrees
Light Conditions: excellent
Description:        Size of bird: warbler size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: slender
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown with yellow around tail
(Description:)            Bill Type: slender warbler
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
notes taken in the field. we had a NGS field guide in our tent but not with us at time:

warbler? yellow much of vent, yellow some over tail. brown back and cap. very pale faint brown wingbars. white patch of tip in outer tail feathers. thin bill. eye line, faint yellow. brown tail. constantly bobbing tail. brown moustachial mark. streaking on breast that does not meet at center.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: no call
Behavior: feeding similar to yellow rumped. constantly bobbing tail. in and out of tamarisk and willow. also sometimes on rocks.
Habitat: riparian strip along the river
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
at very first I thought it might be yellow rumped. shape seemed similar. the tail bobbing is very different. and the yellow in the vent also is very different.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
this bird had the light breast of the western subspecies. we have seen the eastern sub species in Texas and Wisconsin.
References consulted: NGS at time. Sibley on return home.
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Kay and James Wilson
Observer's address: 2689 Highland, Bishop, California, 93514
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: just us two
Date prepared: 10-16-09
Additional material: sketch on sighting of head and tail. . terrible digital snapshot.
Additional_Comments: nice bird. nice website. thanks.